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Counting the PoorNew Thinking About European Poverty Measures and Lessons for the United States$
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Douglas J. Besharov and Kenneth A. Couch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860586.001.0001

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Developing and Learning from EU Measures of Social Inclusion

Developing and Learning from EU Measures of Social Inclusion

(p.299) 15 Developing and Learning from EU Measures of Social Inclusion
Counting the Poor

Eric Marlier

Bea Cantillon

Brian Nolan

Karel Van den Bosch

Tim Van Rie

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the main concepts of social inclusion used by the European Commission and EU countries in the context of the social open method of coordination (OMC). The discussion aims to bring out the value of going beyond purely income-based measures of poverty to include other dimensions, which is what the indicators adopted for monitoring the social OMC are intended to achieve. For this purpose, it draws on the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions and the EU Labor Force Surveys, which provide data on most of these indicators on a comparable basis across EU member states. Some lessons, issues, and areas for development are also explored. These issues include the balance to be struck between using standards that are fixed versus standards that vary across time or countries. The core message, though, is that a multidimensional set of indicators can do justice to the complexity of the concepts involved in a much better way than can be achieved by considering only income-based measures.

Keywords:   social inclusion, European Commission, European Union, social open method of coordination

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