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Bea Cantillon, Tim Goedemé, and John Hills

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190849696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190849696.001.0001

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Employment and Poverty Dynamics Before, During, and After the Crisis

Employment and Poverty Dynamics Before, During, and After the Crisis

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(p.34) 2 Employment and Poverty Dynamics Before, During, and After the Crisis
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Decent Incomes for All
Author(s):

András Gábos

Réka Branyiczki

Barbara Binder

István György Tóth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190849696.003.0003

This chapter investigates how changes in employment and poverty relate to each other across the European Union’s Member States. Large employment volatility was accompanied by sizable changes in poverty rates between 2005 and 2012. Based on panel regression results, the poverty to employment elasticity was estimated to be around 25% on average. The role of changes in the poverty rates of individuals in jobless and non-jobless households and of changes in the share of those in jobless households differs greatly across countries. The success of poverty reduction depends to a large extent on three factors: the dynamics of overall employment growth, the fair distribution of employment growth across households with different levels of work intensity, and properly designed social welfare systems to smooth out income losses for families in need.

Keywords:   individual employment, work intensity, poverty, social policy, Great Recession, EU-SILC, panel regression

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