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Equivalence Scale Sensitivity of Poverty Statistics for the Member States of the European Community

  • de Vos, Klaas
  • Zaidi, M Asghar

Using microdata from household budget surveys of the member states of the European Community, this paper examines the sensitivity of poverty statistics with respect to the choice of the equivalence scale. The results show that the ranking of the countries with respect to the overall poverty incidence is hardly affected when different equivalence scales are used. However, the composition of the poor population shows considerable changes when e.g. subjective equivalence scales are used instead of the OECD equivalence scale. The poverty incidence among specific household groups, such as single elderly and households with children, is particularly sensitive to the choice of the equivalence scale. Copyright 1997 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 43 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 319-33

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