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Mortalité différentielle et pauvreté par âge

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  • Mathieu Lefèbvre
  • Pierre Pestieau
  • Grégory Ponthière

Under income-differentiated mortality, poverty measures reflect not only the ?true? poverty, but, also, the selection process induced by income-differentiated mortality. In front of this selection bias, one solution consists of truncating lifetime income profiles of prematurely dead poor persons by means of a fictitious income. In this paper we assess the effect of age on the selection bias. In this purpose we use data on poverty by age in Belgium and we compare « classical » poverty measures to adjusted poverty measures obtained through the extension of lifetime income profiles for the prematurely dead persons. We show that there is a gap between both measures of poverty at any age but this gap is increasing with age.

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Article provided by Presses de Sciences-Po in its journal Revue française d'économie.

Volume (Year): Volume XXIX (2014)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 173-196

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Handle: RePEc:cai:rferfe:rfe_144_0173
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