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Multidimensional material deprivation in Poland: a focus on changes in 2015–2017

Hanna Dudek () and Wiesław Szczesny ()
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Hanna Dudek: Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Wiesław Szczesny: Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 2021, vol. 55, issue 2, No 16, 763 pages

Abstract: Abstract The study applies the fuzzy approach to measuring material deprivation from a multidimensional perspective. By taking into account the intensity of deprivation this approach goes beyond the conventional research using the deprived/non-deprived dichotomy. The study is based on the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions data including a set of nine-item material deprivation indicators adopted by all European Union countries. In order to examine the effects of social reforms introduced by the Polish government in 2016, it focuses on the situation of Polish households in 2015 and 2017. The study aims to identify correlates of material deprivation in Poland using the zero-inflated beta regression model. This model enables to understand the mechanisms behind the risk and the intensity of material deprivation. Moreover, the study provides evidence that households with at least three children experienced meaningful improvement during the studied period. This is probably due to the introduction of the ‘Family 500+’ programme supporting mainly large families.

Keywords: Material deprivation; Household; Multidimensional measurement; Zero-inflated beta regression; Poland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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