Poverty in the Enlarged European Union. A Discussion about Definitions and Reference Groups

  title={Poverty in the Enlarged European Union. A Discussion about Definitions and Reference Groups},
  author={Tim Goedem{\'e} and Stijn Rottiers},
The enlargement of the EU has stirred discussion about the relevance of the traditional EU poverty indicator. This indicator measures poverty in relative and national terms. As a result, the poor in the least wealthy EU member states have very different living conditions from those in more wealthy member states. Consequently, some authors have argued for alternative or additional poverty measures. One line of thought is that the reference groups people use for evaluating their living standard… CONTINUE READING

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