The Persistence of Income Poverty and Lifestyle Deprivation: Evidence from Italy

33 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2014

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Francesco Devicienti

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto; University of Turin - Department of Economics and Financial Sciences G. Prato

Valentina Gualtieri

Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers

Mariacristina Rossi

University of Turin - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords: hazard‐rate models, income poverty, lifestyle deprivation, multiple spells, poverty persistence

JEL Classification: I32, C33, C41, D12

Suggested Citation

Devicienti, Francesco and Gualtieri, Valentina and Rossi, Mariacristina, The Persistence of Income Poverty and Lifestyle Deprivation: Evidence from Italy (July 2014). Bulletin of Economic Research, Vol. 66, Issue 3, pp. 246-278, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8586.2012.00444.x

Francesco Devicienti (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto ( email )

via Real Collegio 30
Moncalieri, Torino 10024
Italy

University of Turin - Department of Economics and Financial Sciences G. Prato ( email )

C. so Unione Sovietica, 218 Bis
Torino, 13820-4020
Italy

Valentina Gualtieri

Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers

Italy

Mariacristina Rossi

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

Via Po, 53
Torino, 10124
Italy

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