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Economic Poverty in Finland 1971–2004

Marja Riihelä (), Risto Sullström () and Matti Tuomala
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Marja Riihelä: Goverment Institute for Economic Research (VATT), Finland
Risto Sullström: Goverment Institute for Economic Research (VATT), Finland

Finnish Economic Papers, 2008, vol. 21, issue 1, 57-77

Abstract: We examined trends in the economic poverty in Finland using two data sources, the Income Distribution Survey and the Consumption Expenditure Survey. We drew on the recent literature on poverty analysis to analyse a range of poverty measures, using dominance conditions to rank the distributions of living standards. Whilst the total numbers in poverty during the 1987–2004 on various definitions rose markedly, the composition of the poor also changed significantly. There is little doubt that unemployed households are the most vulnerable group of the population. Another vulnerable group is families with youngest children less than seven years.

JEL-codes: I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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