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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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New Comparative Measures of Income, Material Deprivation, and Well-Being

New Comparative Measures of Income, Material Deprivation, and Well-Being

(p.399) 19 New Comparative Measures of Income, Material Deprivation, and Well-Being
Counting the Poor

Timothy M. Smeeding

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the research contained in this book. The chapter points to the value of cross-national research efforts in providing the opportunity for those interested in social policy in an individual country to learn that indeed most countries face similar challenges. Although uniform policy responses across countries are unrealistic, the work contained in the volume demonstrates that it is possible to organize the different approaches into conceptual groups that have evolved for the most part independently of each other. Finally, the opportunity that comparative work on social policy now provides for all countries is noted. Whereas each country may have developed its own network of social programs largely on an independent basis, an innovative policy developed in an individual country may resonate with others, leading to more widespread adoption. This opportunity to learn from each other about approaches to common problems is the greatest benefit from comparative research on social policy.

Keywords:   social policy, cross-national research, comparative research

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