Income poverty, affluence and polarisation viewed from the median
- Document type
- Aaberge, Rolf; Atkinson, Anthony B.; Sigstad, Henrik.
- London School of Economics
- Date of publication
- 1 December 2015
- Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
- Social welfare
- Material type
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This paper brings together different features of the distribution of income – poverty, affluence and dispersion – in a single framework which allows ready comparisons across European countries. It argues that such a unified framework contributes both to policy debate and to the theoretical understanding of inequality. The authors note the existence of largely separate literatures on the measurement of poverty, and, to a lesser degree, of affluence, and on bi-polarization. They attempt to provide complementary information relating to the European Union's social indicators.
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