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Income and living conditions in Europe

Editors

Anthony Atkinson and Eric Marlier

Publication date

18 Dec 2010

Abstract

This book is about the incomes and living standards of the people of Europe. It treats employment,
income inequality and poverty, housing, health, education, deprivation and social exclusion. The
reader will learn about many of the social issues confronting Europe. How much income poverty
is there in Europe? Is inequality increasing? Does a job guarantee escape from income poverty?
How is Europe’s welfare state coping with the economic crisis? The book is a timely contribution
to the Europe 2020 Agenda as it explores ‘the new landscape of EU targets’ and the implications for
monitoring at EU and national levels. Evidence about these important issues comes
primarily from the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), which represents a
powerful instrument for the comparative analysis of the economic and social state of the EU as well as
a growing number of non-EU European countries. The book is the result of the Network for the analysis
of EU-SILC (Net-SILC), which was funded by the Statistical Office of the EU (Eurostat). Net-SILC
was an ambitious initiative that brought together official statisticians responsible for producing
statistics and researchers who use these data. By analysing statistics to examine the living
conditions of European citizens we can learn how to produce more and better figures, and
also how to develop evidence-based policies for better achieving social objectives.

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