Chronic Poverty in European Mediterranean Countries

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the characteristics of chronic poverty among youth in Southern European countries. These countries have the highest levels of poverty in Europe and welfare systems unable to smooth social inequalities effectively.The main aim of this chapter is to investigate on how long-lasting poor among the Mediterranean youth differs in socio-demographic and economic characteristics.The intensity of poverty over time is measured by a very recent longitudinalpoverty index based on the rationale of cumulative hardship. We tested the effects of many covariates on the incidence and intensity of chronic poverty, controlling for main socio-demographic and economic characteristics, using a ZINB model.The peculiar mix between the lack of effective state institutions and a strong presence of families explains why many factors, which usually are significantly related to poverty, do not have an important role here. A strong inertial effect is due to the intensity of poverty at the start of the time-window. Italian youth has the worst performance.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteAdvances in Theoretical and Applied Statistics
Pagine339-350
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

Serie di pubblicazioni

NomeStudies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics - Selected Papers of the Statistical Societies

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability

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    Busetta, A., & Mendola, D. (2013). Chronic Poverty in European Mediterranean Countries. In Advances in Theoretical and Applied Statistics (pagg. 339-350). (Studies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics - Selected Papers of the Statistical Societies).