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Understanding the Drivers of Poverty Dynamics in Australian Households

Hielke Buddelmeyer () and Sher Verick ()
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Hielke Buddelmeyer: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

No 2827, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using longitudinal household data and an econometric model of conditional poverty transitions, this paper contributes to the growing literature on poverty dynamics in Australian households. The results reveal that a range of household head, partner and demographic characteristics in addition to life-changing events have an impact on both the likelihood of remaining poor and slipping into poverty. These findings have important implications for Australian policymakers: tertiary education and employment are key factors in keeping households out of poverty; having a disability increases the probability of becoming poor and remaining in such a situation; households in outer-regional or remote areas are more likely to become poor and continue to live under such hardship; and finally, life-changing events, especially becoming separated, can lead households into persistent poverty. These results are robust to a range of poverty definitions. By drawing on research that utilizes such longitudinal data, policymakers will be much better informed about the drivers of material deprivation in Australia and subsequently how best to design policies that target and support the most vulnerable households.

Keywords: household panel data; poverty dynamics; state dependence; attrition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 I32 C23 C35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2007-06
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Published in: Economic Record, 2008, 84 (266), 310-321

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