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Estimation of EU-Comparable Poverty-Related Variables in Australia, 2001-2013


  • Brendon Andrews
  • Jasmin Thomas



This report seeks to compare poverty rates and poverty gaps for the overall population, the elderly population and single-parent headed households in Australia and selected European Union (EU) countries. In order to make sure that our estimates for Australia, which are based on the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne, are directly comparable with EU estimates from Eurostat, we undertook a detailed study of the methodology underpinning Eurostat’s poverty estimates, which are derived from the Survey of Income and Labour Conditions (EU-SILC). The outcomes of this paper are estimates of six poverty-related variables including overall and elderly poverty gaps and poverty rates, as well as single parent headed household poverty gaps and the Gini coefficient. The results suggest that overall poverty, elderly poverty and single-parent headed household poverty is higher in Australia than in many other European countries for the majority of the six poverty-related variables.

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  • Brendon Andrews & Jasmin Thomas, 2015. "Estimation of EU-Comparable Poverty-Related Variables in Australia, 2001-2013," CSLS Research Reports 2015-13, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:resrep:1513

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    1. Nico Palesch & Brendon Andrews & Jasmin Thomas, 2015. "Estimation of EU-Comparable Poverty-Related Variables in the United States, 1995-2014," CSLS Research Reports 2015-12, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
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    1. Andrea Brandolini & Alfonso Rosolia, 2019. "The Distribution of Well-Being among Europeans," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 1052, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
    2. Jasmin Thomas & James Uguccioni, 2016. "Equality and Economic Security Take a Hit: The Index of Economic Well-Being for Selected OECD Countries, 1980-2014," CSLS Research Reports 2016-06, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

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    Poverty Rate; Poverty Gap; Gini Coefficient; Australia; European Union; Elderly Poverty; Household Income;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • N34 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Europe: 1913-
    • N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania

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