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Progress for the Poor$
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Lane Kenworthy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199591527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.001.0001

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Generous Social Policy Reduces Material Deprivation

Generous Social Policy Reduces Material Deprivation

(p.33) 4 Generous Social Policy Reduces Material Deprivation
Progress for the Poor

Lane Kenworthy

Jessica Epstein

Daniel Duerr

Oxford University Press

Income is the standard indicator of low-end households’ living standards. With income as the measure, the comparative evidence suggests that economic growth has tended to be the principal driver of improved living standards, though government social programs have been the chief conduit through which growth trickles down. Material deprivation may be a better indicator. With deprivation as the measure, the available evidence suggests an even stronger and more direct impact of social policy.

Keywords:   deprivation, hardship, material well-being, poverty, social policy, economic growth

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