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Societal shifts and changed patterns of poverty
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 19, no s1, s25-s41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article uses data from the Luxembourg Income Study to analyse cross-national and cross-temporal poverty risks in 11 Western countries. We show that poverty risks have tended to increase from the early 1980s to 2000. In line with what we would expect based on the welfare state literature, the Nordic countries tend to have the lowest poverty rates. However, the proportion of the national population with a market income below the poverty threshold has increased in all countries and the cross-national variation in market income poverty is not apparently related to the type of welfare state regime. We perform a simulation analysis to test whether structural factors, that is, compositional differences in age, family and labour market behaviour, could account for the cross-national variation found. Our results demonstrate the increasing importance of household labour market attachment for alleviating poverty risks, as well as for explaining the cross-national variation in these risks.

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2010. Vol. 19, no s1, s25-s41 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40470DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2010.00728.xISI: 000278342500004OAI: diva2:324035
Available from: 2010-06-14 Created: 2010-06-14 Last updated: 2011-11-22Bibliographically approved

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