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Intra-Country comparisons of Poverty Rate

Gaia Bertarelli, Luigi Biggeri, Caterina Giusti, Stefano Marchetti and Monica Pratesi

Discussion Papers from Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Abstract: Reducing the inequality between member states is a target the European Union (EU) has set itself in its treaties and monitors through its cohesion reports. This has become a much debated and researched issue over the last decade. One result emerges clearly in the debate: this goal is far to be reached without a deeper studying of inequalities within each Member States. This paper describes a general approach to the previous issue proposing a set of statistical methods that can be applied in the almost totality of the EU countries. It is based on data from European current sample surveys on consumption expenditure (Household Budget Survey) and on income and living conditions (EUSILC - European Survey on Income and Living Conditions). It uses the most popular poverty indicator from the Laeken set, the At Risk of Poverty Rate (ARPR) or Head Count Ratio (HCR). The examples are built on Italian data. The sub national level used is defined on the basis of the NUTS classification used by Eurostat.

Keywords: Inequality; Small Area Estimation; Laeken indicators (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C18 C80 C83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-10-01
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Note: ISSN 2039-1854
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