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Measuring income risk

  • Simon Burgess
  • Karen Gardiner
  • Stephen P. Jenkins
  • Carol Propper

We provide a critique of the methods that have been used to derive measures of income risk and draw attention to the importance of demographic factors as a source of income risk. We also propose new measures of the contribution to total income risk of demographic and labour market factors. Empirical evidence supporting our arguments is provided using data from the British Household Survey.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 6450.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:6450
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