Poverty and Social Assistance in Transition Countries by Jeanine Braithwaite

By Jeanine Braithwaite

Poverty & Social tips in Transition international locations (00) by way of Braithwaite, Jeanine - Grootaert, Christiaan - Milanovic, Bran [Hardcover (2000)]

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Basically, in the FSU, poverty is more pervasive than in Eastern Europe and not as well defined. It is much more difficult to differentiate a poor FSU household from a nonpoor one based on observable correlates. These qualitative and quantitative differences in the experience the determinants of poverty 33 of poverty in Eastern Europe and the FSU are demonstrated by the cross-tabulation of poverty correlates, head counts, and measures of severity of poverty presented below. A. 10 The main contributing factors were the loss of employment in a suddenly contracting state sector, without coincident emergence of private sector employment.

This is actually more of a judgment call than it may appear. Until a few years ago, in the countries in our analysis, such goods were rationed. With the possible exceptions of Hungary and Estonia, there was not yet a fully operating market for these goods, accessible to the entire population, at the time the surveys underlying the HEIDE data were undertaken. Markets for durable goods such as personal computers and VCRs often existed only in cities, and because of very high relative prices (compared to Western Europe) accumulation and decumulation of such goods was rare for all but the very rich.

Models iii and iv are used to assess whether returns to assets differ across the welfare distribution: (iii) Estimation of equation (1) over subsamples defined by the education level of the head of household. (iv) Quantile regressions at selected points of the household welfare distribution. Each of these models has the same RHS and we turn now to the discussion of which variables can be considered exogenous household characteristics. As we pointed out earlier, this is mainly a function of the time horizon considered relevant.

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