Did Howard cut poverty? Absolutely (but not relatively)

Peter Siminski (who is coming to ANU for part of his sabbatical next year) has coauthored an interesting paper in the latest issue of the Australian Economic Review.

Changes in Poverty Rates during the Howard Era (gated, alas)
Joan R. Rodgers, Peter Siminski and James Bishop
This article considers changes in poverty rates under the Howard government. We also make three methodological contributions. We consider the statistical significance of the estimated changes in poverty. We propose a decomposition technique that reconciles the trends in absolute and relative poverty. We also use ‘poverty profiles’, which illustrate sensitivity to alternative poverty lines. We find decreases in absolute poverty and increases in relative poverty, both of which are statistically significant over a range of poverty lines. At a poverty line equal to half of the median income, the increase in relative poverty is statistically significant for all people and borders on significance for children.

I like that they’ve looked at absolute and relative poverty, and also that their study shows results using a variety of poverty lines. Here are two of the key graphs:



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1 Response to Did Howard cut poverty? Absolutely (but not relatively)

  1. ChrisPer says:

    And has the same analysis been applied to say the Labour state governments of the mid-80s or to the Hawke-Keating incumbency?

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