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Low Pay, In‐Work Poverty and Economic Vulnerability: A Comparative Analysis Using EU-SILC

18 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2011  

Bertrand Maitre

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brian Nolan

Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland

Christopher J. Whelan

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Washington and Lee - School of Law

Date Written: January 2012

Abstract

We explore the potential of data from EU‐SILC (‘Statistics on Income and Living Conditions’) for the enlarged European Union for the study of low pay and its relationship to household poverty and vulnerability. Limitations of the earnings data currently available mean the analysis covers only 14 of these countries. For employees who are not low paid, income poverty is seen to be rare. The low paid face a much higher risk of being in a household below relative income poverty thresholds, ranging from 7 per cent in Belgium and the Netherlands up to 17–18 per cent in Austria, Estonia and Lithuania. The likelihood of their being in a poor household is clearly linked to gender, age and social class. In most of the countries only a minority of low‐paid individuals are in vulnerable households.

Suggested Citation

Maitre, Bertrand and Nolan, Brian and Whelan, Christopher J., Low Pay, In‐Work Poverty and Economic Vulnerability: A Comparative Analysis Using EU-SILC (January 2012). The Manchester School, Vol. 80, Issue 1, pp. 99-116, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1975643 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2011.02230.x

Bertrand Maitre (Contact Author)

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Brian Nolan

Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland ( email )

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Dublin 4

Christopher J. Whelan

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 2JA
United Kingdom
+44 1993 813877 (Phone)

Washington and Lee - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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