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Equivalence Scales for Belarusian Households and their Impact on the Determination of Socially Vulnerable Groups of the Population (in Russian)

Kateryna Bornukova (), Alexander Chubrik and Gleb Shymanovich

No 7, BEROC Policy Paper Series from Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC)

Abstract: We estimate equivalence scales for households in Belarus. The calculations are based on the data from the Sample Survey of Households in 2010. The calculation of equivalence scales is done through regression estimate of the Engel curve. This method is widely used and, in contrast to the method based on the minimum consumption basket applied by Belstat, reflects the economy of scale arising through the optimal cost-sharing within the family. The resulting scales (0.6 for adults other than the head of the household, 0.5 for children of school age and 0.4 for children of preschool age) are very different from the scales used officially in Belarus (0.8 for adults other than the head of the household, 0.5 for children under three years of age and 0.9 for children over 3 years of age). The paper shows that this has significant implications for the assessment of the relative poverty of specific vulnerable groups of the population, which is of great importance for the development of well-targeted social policies.

Keywords: Belarus; equivalence scales; poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2012
Note: in Russian
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