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Minimum Income Standards and Reference Budgets: International and Comparative Policy Perspectives

Christopher Deeming


Research into minimum income standards and reference budgets around the world is compared in this illuminating book. From countries with long established research traditions to places where it is relatively new, the book sets out the different aims and objectives of investigations into the minimum needs and requirements of populations, and the historical contexts, theoretical frameworks and methodological issues that lie behind each approach. For policymakers, practitioners and social policy and poverty academics, this essential review of learnings to date and future prospects for research is ... More

Keywords: minimum income standards, reference budgets, population needs, social protection, social protection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447352952
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447352952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Deeming, editor
University of Strathclyde

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Part I Introduction

Part II Case studies

3 Minimum Essential Standards of Living research in Ireland

Bernadette Mac Mahon and Robert Thornton

6 Measuring needs and setting standards in Singapore

Kok-Hoe Ng, Yu-Wei Neo, Youyenn Teo, Ad Maulod and Yi-Ting Ting

7 A South African pilot of the Minimum Income Standards approach

Gemma Wright, Matt Padley and Wanga Zembe-Mkabile

11 Estimating the cost of raising a child in Catalonia through the reference budgets approach

Irene Cussó-Parcerisas, Elena Carrillo Álvarez and Jordi Riera Romaní

12 Measuring poverty in the Netherlands: the generalised reference budget approach

J. Cok Vrooman, Benedikt Goderis, Stella Hoff and Bart van Hulst

13 The Norwegian reference budget

Marthe Hårvik Austgulen and Elling Borgeraas

14 Minimum budgets for Danish families

Jens Bonke and Anders Eiler Wiese Christensen

Part III Cross-national and comparative perspectives

19 Adequate income in Portugal: a comparison of two estimation methods

José A. Pereirinha, Elvira Pereira, Francisco Branco, Dália Costa and Maria Inês Amaro

Part IV Policy and practice

Part V Conclusions

End Matter