Economic Poverty: Does the Break-Up of Families Matter?
Maria Alessandra Antonelli () and
Valeria De Bonis
Additional contact information
Maria Alessandra Antonelli: Department of Legal and Economic Studies, Faculty of Law, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Social Sciences, 2021, vol. 10, issue 6, 1-20
In this paper we investigate the relationship between family structure and poverty for European countries using Eurostat and OECD data. In particular, we focus on the change in living arrangements, with the traditional type of household—couple with children—being partially replaced by single and extended families. The results of our econometric analysis show that the decline in the traditional family type affects individual poverty: the marriage rate and the share of couples, both with and without children, are inversely related to poverty; the divorce rate, the shares of extended families and singles with children are, instead, positively related to poverty.
Keywords: poverty; family composition; social changes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A B N P Y80 Z00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:10:y:2021:i:6:p:224-:d:572804
Access Statistics for this article
Social Sciences is currently edited by Ms. Siyang Liu
More articles in Social Sciences from MDPI
Bibliographic data for series maintained by MDPI Indexing Manager ().