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Rich Democracies, Poor PeopleHow Politics Explain Poverty$
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David Brady

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385878.001.0001

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Mythical and Real Patterns in Poverty

Mythical and Real Patterns in Poverty

(p.45) 3 Mythical and Real Patterns in Poverty
Rich Democracies, Poor People

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This chapter investigates the patterns in poverty between and within the eighteen affluent democracies since the late 1960s. By carefully scrutinizing these patterns, the chapter provides insight into the variation in poverty that the rest of the book seeks to explain. Also, this chapter provides the dependent variables for the remaining chapters in the book. The chapter specifically explores patterns in poverty for each country (and over time) for the entire population, among adult and working‐age adult women and men, among the elderly, and among children. The main measures of poverty are the relative headcount and poverty intensity. The chapter also details and describes the Luxembourg Income Study, which provides the microdata for all the analyses of poverty. The measurement of household income and adjustments for household size are detailed.

Keywords:   cross‐national patterns, measurement, historical trends, poverty for demographic groups

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