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This three-lecture collection--as presented at the twelfth Yrjo Jahnsson Lecture at the University of Helsinki--confronts serious questions surrounding the persistence of poverty in rich countries. The work draws upon recent research to examine the problem of poverty and challenges readers to reach an improved understanding of the problem and to seek improvement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631209096
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Series: Yrjo Jahnsson Lectures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

A. B. Atkinson is Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and their Sources
List of Tables
Introduction: Poverty in Rich Countries 1
Lecture 1 Political Arithmetic: Financial Poverty in the European Union 10
1.1 The Measurement of Poverty: Two Cautionary Tales 10
1.2 Absolute and Relative Standards 18
1.3 Expenditure versus Income, Households versus Families, and Choice of Equivalence Scale 29
1.4 Differing Judgements and Dominance Criteria 41
1.5 National Studies of Poverty 52
Lecture 2 Economics of Poverty, Unemployment and Social Exclusion 67
2.1 Macro-economics of Unemployment and Poverty 70
2.2 Economics of Unemployment and Exclusion in the Labour Market 78
2.3 Pricing of Goods and Exclusion from the Market 88
2.4 Exclusion, Rising Living Standards and the Availability of Products 92
2.5 Household Production, Time and the Take-Up Problem 99
Lecture 3 Political Economy of Poverty 111
3.1 The Political Economy of an Official Poverty Line 112
3.2 Targeting of Social Transfers and Efficiency in Alleviating Poverty 119
3.3 The Limits of Targeting via Means Tests 130
3.4 Towards a European Minimum 140
3.5 What Form for a European Minimum? 145
Poverty, Policy and Mainstream Economics 150
Appendix on Statistical Sources 153
References 159
Index 176
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