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Poverty developments in the EU after the crisis: a look at main drivers

Author(s): Matteo Duiella and Alessandro Turrini

Poverty developments in the EU after the crisis: a look at main driverspdf(402 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Poverty increases were recorded mostly in terms of severe material deprivation and low work intensity rates starting from 2010 and were concentrated in those countries most severely hit by the crisis. Econometric estimates suggest that while measures of relative poverty do not appear to have clearly identifiable drivers, income per capita and unemployment exhibit a significant explanatory power for the severe material deprivation and anchored at risk of poverty rates. In particular, the share of long-term unemployment on total unemployment stands out as the most significant driver. The analysis also shows that social expenditure contributes to curb the rise in poverty, and that this type of expenditure after the crisis did not fall on top of what explained by standard determinants.

(ECFIN Economic Briefs 31. May 2014. Brussels. pdf. 5pp. Graph. Bibliogr. )

KC-AY-14-031-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-35335-2 (online)
ISSN 1831-4473 (online)
doi: 10.2765/72447 (online)

JEL classification: H50, I32

ECFIN economic briefs are occasional working papers by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs which provide background to policy discussions.

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