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Conference Paper BHPS-2009 Conference: the 2009 British Household Panel Survey Research Conference, 9-11 July 2009, Colchester, UK

Understanding the dynamics of multidimensional exclusion amongst working age adults without children


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This paper examines the multidimensional structure and dynamics of social exclusion amongst working age adults without children based upon the Bristol Social Exclusion Matrix (BSEM) (Levitas et al., 2007). Using data drawn from the British Household Panel Survey, the research explores the dimensionality of disadvantage and the factors associated with vulnerability to multidimensional disadvantage. In particular, the paper assesses the significant ‘trigger events’ precipitating disadvantage, and the protective factors associated reliance over time. For the first time, this paper presents an operational measure of multidimensional disadvantage amongst working age adults without children based upon the BSEM model. Cluster analysis methods are used to develop a taxonomy of multidimensional disadvantage for BHPS respondents using 21 BHPS indicators across waves 7 to 15 (1997-2005). On the basis of this classification Cox regression methods are then applied to examine the hazard of entry to and exit from multidimensional disadvantage for different sample segments as well as the trigger events associated with heightened vulnerability.


Social Exclusion and Poverty



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