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Poverty in Australia since the financial crisis: the role of housing costs, income growth and unemployment

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This paper examines recent trends in poverty in Australia and shows how sensitive the estimates are to the poverty line and the treatment of housing costs and recent data changes. Relative poverty increased modestly between 2003–04 and 2011–12 both before and after housing costs, although it has declined since the financial crisis and there has been a marked decline in absolute poverty. The simulated impact of a $50 a week increase in unemployment benefit on the poverty rate is relatively small because the payment gap is now over $90 a week, although the impact on the poverty gap is larger.
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Keywords: ABSOLUTE POVERTY; HOUSING COSTS; RELATIVE POVERTY; VULNERABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2016-06-01

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