Household Joblessness and its Impact on Poverty and Deprivation in Europe

Date: 14 December 2011

Working-age households where no-one is in work have become an increasing focus of policy concern even before the economic crisis, and the European Union (EU) has included household joblessness in its new poverty reduction target for 2020. This paper focuses on the variation across EU countries in the prevalence of household joblessness and its impact on income poverty and deprivation, and on the implications for the new EU poverty reduction target. It highlights first that there are some divergences across key data sources in the extent of joblessness. The prevalence of household joblessness varies substantially across EU countries, but there is little evidence of a consistent pattern among groupings of countries often categorized together in terms of welfare regime or geographically.

Brian Nolan Marloes de Graaf-Zijl

Employment, Equity and Growth

Household Joblessness and its Impact on Poverty and Deprivation in Europe


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De Graaf-Zijl, M. and Nolan, B. (2011) 'Household Joblessness and Its Impact on Poverty and Deprivation in Europe'. Journal of European Social Policy, 21 (5), 413-431.


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