Skip to content

Journal Article

Becoming poor in Belgium and Britain: the impact of demographic and labour market events

Authors

Publication date

2006

Abstract

In this paper, we model the impact on the entry into poverty of a range of demographic and labour market events. Our analyses are based on longitudinal panel data from two countries belonging to a different regime type - Belgium and Britain. The results show that while in Belgium the impact of most life events is relatively small, in Britain most demographic and labour market events significantly raise the chances of becoming poor. We link the observed poverty entry patterns to the ways in which economic welfare in Belgium and Britain is distributed between the three main systems of resources distribution: the welfare state, the labour market and the family. We furthermore find that the combined influence of the interrelated parts of the welfare regime on the role of women in the household economy is a potentially important explanatory factor.

Published in

Sociological Research Online

Volume

11 (1)

Subjects

Labour Market, Poverty, and Life Course Analysis

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1402839~S5

Notes

SRO Search; Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

#512530


Research home

Research home

News

Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author

Podcasts

Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society

Projects

Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs

Events

Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report

Themes

Key research themes and areas of interest