Poverty in Europe: (Jrjo Jahnsson Lectures) / Edition 1

Poverty in Europe: (Jrjo Jahnsson Lectures) / Edition 1

by A. B. Atkinson
     
 

Poverty in Europe synthesizes the author's exploration of the topic as presented at the twelfth Yrjo Jahnsson Lecture at the University of Helsinki. This three lecture collection confronts the serious questions surrounding the persistence of poverty in rich countries. It covers the topics of financial poverty in the European Union, the economics of poverty

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Poverty in Europe synthesizes the author's exploration of the topic as presented at the twelfth Yrjo Jahnsson Lecture at the University of Helsinki. This three lecture collection confronts the serious questions surrounding the persistence of poverty in rich countries. It covers the topics of financial poverty in the European Union, the economics of poverty and exclusion, and the political economy of poverty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631209096
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/10/1998
Series:
Yrjo Jahnsson Lectures Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and their Sources
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction: Poverty in Rich Countries1
Lecture 1Political Arithmetic: Financial Poverty in the European Union10
1.1The Measurement of Poverty: Two Cautionary Tales10
1.2Absolute and Relative Standards18
1.3Expenditure versus Income, Households versus Families, and Choice of Equivalence Scale29
1.4Differing Judgements and Dominance Criteria41
1.5National Studies of Poverty52
Lecture 2Economics of Poverty, Unemployment and Social Exclusion67
2.1Macro-economics of Unemployment and Poverty70
2.2Economics of Unemployment and Exclusion in the Labour Market78
2.3Pricing of Goods and Exclusion from the Market88
2.4Exclusion, Rising Living Standards and the Availability of Products92
2.5Household Production, Time and the Take-Up Problem99
Lecture 3Political Economy of Poverty111
3.1The Political Economy of an Official Poverty Line112
3.2Targeting of Social Transfers and Efficiency in Alleviating Poverty119
3.3The Limits of Targeting via Means Tests130
3.4Towards a European Minimum140
3.5What Form for a European Minimum?145
Poverty, Policy and Mainstream Economics150
Appendix on Statistical Sources153
References159
Index176

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