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Subjective equivalence scale – cross-country and time differences


  • Malgorzata Kalbarczyk-Steclik
  • Rafal Mista
  • Leszek Morawski


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to calculate the subjective equivalence scale and poverty rates for Poland and compare them to equivalence scales in Eastern and Western Europe. Design/methodology/approach - The analysis is based on European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions data for 2005-2012. In particular, the authors capture the minimum needs income question and, knowing the minimum needs income of each individual’s observation, apply OLS regression controlling for income and household structure to estimate the poverty threshold, equivalence scales and poverty. Findings - The subjective equivalence scales for the Euro Zone are constant for the period 2004-2012 and less stable for the CEE countries. The child cost in relation to the cost brought by an additional adult is higher in the CEE countries than in the Euro Zone countries. The subjective poverty rates are lower than the OECD rates. The only exceptions are Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria. Originality/value - The authors extend the analysis made by Bishop

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  • Malgorzata Kalbarczyk-Steclik & Rafal Mista & Leszek Morawski, 2017. "Subjective equivalence scale – cross-country and time differences," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 44(8), pages 1092-1105, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:ijse-09-2015-0251

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    Cited by:

    1. Leszek Morawski & Adrian Domitrz, 2017. "Subjective Approach To Assessing Poverty In Poland – Implications For Social Policy," Statistics in Transition New Series, Polish Statistical Association, vol. 18(3), pages 501-520, September.
    2. Małgorzata Kalbarczyk2, & Agata Miazga3, & Anna Nicińska4, 2017. "The Inter-Country Comparison Of The Cost Of Children Maintenance Using Housing Expenditure," Statistics in Transition New Series, Polish Statistical Association, vol. 18(4), pages 687-699, December.
    3. Brzezinski, Michal & Najsztub, Mateusz, 2021. "The impact of "Family 500+" programme on household incomes, poverty and inequality," SocArXiv vkr6h, Center for Open Science.


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