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Subjective poverty as perceived lasting social insecurity: lessons from a French survey on poverty, inequality and the welfare state (2015-2018)

Duvoux, Nicolas and Papuchon, Adrien (2019) Subjective poverty as perceived lasting social insecurity: lessons from a French survey on poverty, inequality and the welfare state (2015-2018). Working Paper (36). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Literature has long been attentive to the study of subjective happiness or well-being. Key questions developed in the late 1970’s have recently been framed as indicators of subjective economic stress or used to build “consensual poverty lines”. Yet, these notions differ from an authentic – i.e. direct – measure of subjective poverty. We use 2015-2018 French data to determine the share of the population who considers itself as poor and study its social composition. Our results demonstrate that class, family composition and income instability matter as determinants of subjective poverty. The key feature of the group of those who consider themselves as poor is a degraded attitude towards their own future. Finally, we propose a sociological understanding of our subjective poverty indicator

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/International-Inequalities
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 14:06
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 00:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102215

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