What does it mean to live on the poverty threshold? Lessons from reference budgets

Tim Goedemé, Tess Penne, Tine Hufkens, Alexandros Karakitsios, Anikó Bernát, Anne Franziskus, Bori Simonovits, Elena Carillo Álvarez, Eleni Kanavitsa, Irene Cussó Parcerisas, Jordi Riera Romaní, Lauri Mäkinen, Manos Matsaganis, Marco Arlotti, Marianna Kopasz, Péter Szivós, Veli Matti Ritakallio, Yuri Kazepov, Karel Van Den Bosch, Bérénice Storms

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This chapter makes use of the first effort to construct cross-country comparable reference budgets in Europe to show what the large cross-national differences in living standards imply in practice for the adequacy of incomes at the level of the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. The budgets show that, in the poorest EU Member States, even adequate food and housing are barely affordable at the level of the threshold, whereas a decent living standard is much more in reach for those living on the threshold in the richer EU Member States. The reference budgets also suggest that the poverty risk of some groups (for instance, children) is underestimated relative to that of other age groups, while the poverty risk of homeowners is probably relatively overestimated.

Idioma originalAnglès
Títol de la publicacióDecent Incomes for All
Subtítol de la publicacióImproving Policies in Europe
EditorOxford University Press (OUP)
Nombre de pàgines21
ISBN (electrònic)9780190849696
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de gen. 2018


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