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Poverty in Italy: Features and Drivers in a European Perspective

Chiara Saraceno, David Benassi, and Enrica Morlicchio


Italy is one of the EU countries that was hardest hit by the 2008 financial crisis and is also slowest in recovering, even compared to other Mediterranean countries that share some of its societal features. Poverty has steadily increased throughout the period following 2008, and no clear indication of a trend reversal is yet visible. Working poor, the young, children and migrant foreign households are the main victims of the situation. Also the territorial divide has deepened, with the Southern regions bearing the brunt of the crisis much more, and for a longer time, than the Centre-North ones ... More

Keywords: Poverty regime, Familialism, Unemployment, Household composition, Gender arrangements, Welfare arrangements, Working poor, Territorial divides

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447352211
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447352211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chiara Saraceno, author
Collegio Carlo Alberto

David Benassi, author
University of Milano-Bicocca

Enrica Morlicchio, author
Federico II University of Naples