THE PERSISTENCE OF INCOME POVERTY AND LIFESTYLE DEPRIVATION: EVIDENCE FROM ITALY
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2012
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Devicienti, F., Gualtieri, V. and Rossi, M. (2012), THE PERSISTENCE OF INCOME POVERTY AND LIFESTYLE DEPRIVATION: EVIDENCE FROM ITALY. Bulletin of Economic Research. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8586.2012.00444.x
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2012
- hazard-rate models;
- income poverty;
- lifestyle deprivation;
- multiple spells;
- poverty persistence
This article estimates poverty persistence over an individual's lifetime, using two definitions: income poverty and a multidimensional index of lifestyle deprivation. We stress the ability of the two definitions to provide a generally consistent characterization of poverty persistence risks faced by various population subgroups, but also the additional insights to be gained by analysing the two definitions in parallel in a longitudinal context. The results of multiple-spell hazard rate models highlight the weaknesses of the Italian labour market, the insufficiencies of the existing social security system, and the deep territorial dualism in generating persistent poverty for certain groups of the population.