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Reassessing Income and Deprivation Approaches to the Measurement of Poverty in the Republic of Ireland

  • Richard Layte

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Brian Nolan

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Christopher T. Whelan

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

This paper reassesses the validity of a poverty measure combining relative income and non-monetary deprivation indicators, first developed and applied to Irish data for 1987, in the light of experience since then and current debates. A crucial issue is whether the measure has failed to capture fundamental changes in livings patterns and expectations. A range of analyses confirm that it continues to identify a set of households experiencing distinctive levels of generalised deprivation, economic strain, psychological distress and exposure to persistent income poverty.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 239–261

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  10. Richard Layte & Brian Nolan & Christopher T. Whelan, 1999. "Targeting Poverty: Lessons From Monitoring Ireland's National Anti-Poverty Strategy. Published in Journal of Social Policy, Vol 29 No 4," Papers WP117, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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  15. Richard Layte & Bertrand Maître & Brian Nolan & Christopher T. Whelan, 1999. "Income, Deprivation and Economic Strain: An Analysis of the European Community Household Panel," Papers WP109, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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