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Do the Poor Adapt to Low Income, Minimal Education and Ill-health?

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  • Abigail Barr
  • David Clark

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We add to the small set of studies that investigate adaptation to low income among the poor and extend the analysis to education and health. In accordance with previous studies, we find that beliefs about the amounts of income necessary to get by and live well increase with both own household income and the incomes of proximate others. We also find a positive relationship between beliefs about education necessary to get by and live well and own education. However, people believe that more health is necessary to get by when a greater proportion of proximate others are ill or disabled. Copyright 2010 The author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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  • Abigail Barr & David Clark, 2010. "Do the Poor Adapt to Low Income, Minimal Education and Ill-health?," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 19(3), pages 257-293, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:19:y:2010:i:3:p:257-293
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    1. Andrew E. Clark & Claudia Senik, 2010. "Will GDP growth increase happiness in developing countries?," Working Papers halshs-00564985, HAL.
    2. Marta Barazzetta & Simon Appleton & Trudy Owens, 2015. "Hedonic adaptation to treatment: Evidence from a medical intervention," Discussion Papers 2015-08, University of Nottingham, CREDIT.

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