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To What Extent Is a Transition into Employment Associated with an Exit from Poverty?

Taryn Galloway

No 01/2004, Memorandum from Oslo University, Department of Economics

Abstract: A link between lack of employment and poverty is often made implicitly, but can rarely be enumerated in any sort of satisfactory manner. We would therefore like to ask the question: to what extent does acquiring employment increase a poor household’s probability of exiting poverty? Register data from the entire resident population of Norway serves as the basis for the analysis. We distinguish between full-time and part-time employment and also include an investigation into the effect transfers have on the probability of exiting poverty,with or without a concurrent change in employment status. Norway with its generous social welfare system and well-functioning labor markets provides a unique opportunity to abstract to a certain extent from many complicating factors in investigating these questions.

Keywords: Unemployment; Employment; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 J20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2004-02-04
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