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The Measurement of Extreme Poverty in the European Union

Research output: Book/ReportBook



Publication details

DatePublished - 2011
Number of pages108
PublisherEuropean Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Place of PublicationBrussels
Original languageEnglish


The original purpose of this project was to suggest a short-list of measures that could be used to compare extreme poverty in the European Union and which might be added to the ISG portfolio. We have:
* Reviewed the methods employed to measure poverty and extreme poverty in
EU countries,
* Reviewed approaches to the measurement of extreme poverty internationally,
* Assessed a number of approaches by applying them to EU SILC for 2008.

We have adopted two principles in this study. First we take the view that
there is no such thing as absolute poverty - all measures are more or less relative. Second we understand extreme poverty in the EU context to be a common standard, one that does not vary across countries as the at-risk-of-poverty threshold does.

    Research areas

  • social exclusion, income, poverty, research methodologies

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