Slipping into and out of Poverty : the Dynamics of Spells Mary

@inproceedings{Bane1986SlippingIA,
  title={Slipping into and out of Poverty : the Dynamics of Spells Mary},
  author={J M Bane and David T. Ellwood},
  year={1986}
}
This paper examines the dynamics of poverty. Previous analyses have examined either fluctuations in the male heads' eamings or the frequency of poverty periods over a fixed time frame. Our approach depends on a definition of spells of poverty. Using this methodology we find that the majority of poor persons at any time are in the midst of a rather long spell of poverty. The methodology also allows us to estimate that less than 40 percent of poverty spells begin because of a drop in the heads… CONTINUE READING
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