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Two Subjective Definitions of Poverty: Results from the Wisconsin Basic Needs Study

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  • Diane Colasanto
  • Arie Kapteyn
  • Jacques van der Gaag

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We test two hypotheses about the relationship between age and reported difficulty paying bills or buying things the family needs, such as food, clothing, medicine, and medical care. The affluence-trajectory hypothesis follows from age-group differences ...

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  • Diane Colasanto & Arie Kapteyn & Jacques van der Gaag, 1984. "Two Subjective Definitions of Poverty: Results from the Wisconsin Basic Needs Study," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 19(1), pages 127-138.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:19:y:1984:i:1:p:127-138
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