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Senior poverty in Canada: A decomposition analysis

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Using 1977-1979, 1994-1996, and 2006-2008 data from the SCF and SLID, a decomposition analysis of senior poverty rates is conducted to determine whether changes in seniors’ characteristics, and changes in the extent to which characteristics affect senior’s likelihood of poverty, can help explain historical changes in senior poverty rates. The results show that changes in characteristics can explain relatively small changes in senior poverty rates, with changes in education levels playing a significant role. Changes in the extent to which characteristics affect seniors’ likelihood of poverty are shown to be much more important. Overall, the results confirm the importance of retirement income policy for the structure of senior poverty in Canada.

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  • Schirle, Tammy, 2013. "Senior poverty in Canada: A decomposition analysis," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2013-25, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 29 Apr 2013.
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    Keywords

    Seniors; poverty; retirement;
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    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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