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Ageing Gracefully? A Bootstrap Analysis of Poverty Among Pensioners Using Evidence from the PACO Databases

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  • Heinrich, Georges

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In 1998 Hungary embarked on a course of comprehensive pension reform. The reforms are likely to change the distribution of incomes of future generations. The purpose of this paper is two-fold. From a policy point of view, we analyse poverty and income inequality among pensioners in Hungary before the introduction of pension reforms. We find that the old system was expensive but that it provided effective - albeit not efficient - poverty relief. From a methodological point of view, we demonstrate the usefulness of bootstrapping techniques for statistical inference for poverty and inequality measures when sample survey data are used.

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  • Heinrich, Georges, 1998. "Ageing Gracefully? A Bootstrap Analysis of Poverty Among Pensioners Using Evidence from the PACO Databases," CEPR Discussion Papers 2039, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2039
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    1. Mark Trede, 2002. "Bootstrapping inequality measures under the null hypothesis: Is it worth the effort?," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 261-282, December.

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    Keywords

    Bootstrapping; Pensions; Poverty;

    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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