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Understanding the Drivers of Poverty Dynamics in Australian Households

Hielke Buddelmeyer and Sher Verick ()

The Economic Record, 2008, vol. 84, issue 266, 310-321

Abstract: This paper contributes to the growing literature on poverty dynamics in Australian households. The results reveal that a range of life-changing events, household head, partner and demographic characteristics have an impact on both the likelihood of remaining poor and slipping into poverty. These findings have important implications for Australian policymakers: tertiary education and employment are key factors in keeping households out of poverty; having a disability or living in outer-regional or remote areas increases the probability of becoming poor and remaining in such a situation; and finally, life-changing events, especially becoming separated, can lead households into persistent poverty. Copyright © 2008 The Economic Society of Australia.

Date: 2008
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