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First European Quality of Life Survey: Income inequalities and deprivation

Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

Abstract

This report explores the impact of income stability and economic well-being on individual quality of life. Recent enlargement of the European Union to 25 Member States has indelibly redrawn the economic landscape: the gap in living standards between the richest and poorest countries is increasingly widening. The report puts forward a new approach to measuring poverty and deprivation, related to factors such as living standards, household income and individual perceptions of social exclusion. Its findings are based on the Foundation�s First European Quality of Life Survey, which was carried out across 28 countries: the EU25, two acceding countries - Bulgaria and Romania - and one candidate country, Turkey. The survey shows that the differences in levels of inequality found within countries - regional variations - are as significant as those found between countries. The report argues that policies regarding poverty and economic cohesion should take into account the regional as well as social dimension.

Additional information

Authors: FAHEY T, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin (IE);WHELAN C T, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin (IE);MAÎTRE B, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin (IE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 62 pp, free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: TJ-69-05-852-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at: http://bookshop.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN 92-897-0921-9
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