A3 Book chapter
What Does It Mean to Live on the Poverty Threshold? Lessons From Reference Budgets

List of Authors: Tim Goedemé, Tess Penne, Tine Hufkens, Alexandros Karakitsios, Anikó Bernát, Bori Simonovits, Elena Carillo Alvarez, Eleni Kanavitsa, Irene Cussó Parcerisas, Jordi Riera Romaní, Lauri Mäkinen, Manos Matsaganis, Marco Arlotti, Marianna Kopasz, Péter Szivós, Veli-Matti Ritakallio, Yuri Kazepov, Karel Van den Bosch, Bérénice Storms
Place: Oxford
Publication year: 2019
Book title *: Decent Incomes for All. Improving Policies in Europe
Title of series: International policy exchange
Number of pages: 21
ISBN: 9780190849696


This chapter makes use of the first effort to construct
cross-country comparable reference budgets in Europe to show what the
large cross-national differences in living standards imply in practice
for the adequacy of incomes at the level of the at-risk-of-poverty
threshold. The budgets show that, in the poorest EU Member States, even
adequate food and housing are barely affordable at the level of the
threshold, whereas a decent living standard is much more in reach for
those living on the threshold in the richer EU Member States. The
reference budgets also suggest that the poverty risk of some groups (for
instance, children) is underestimated relative to that of other age
groups, while the poverty risk of homeowners is probably relatively

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