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ERIC Number: EJ853452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Poverty in People with Disabilities: Indicators from the Capability Approach
Rosano, Aldo; Mancini, Federica; Solipaca, Alessandro
Social Indicators Research, v94 n1 p75-82 Oct 2009
People with disability are particularly exposed to poor living conditions: on one hand they have more difficulties in getting an income cause to their inabilities, on the other hand conditions of poverty increase the risk of disability. However, little rigorous quantitative research has been undertaken to measure the real impact of disability on poverty. Methods based on monetary set (income and consumption) may not reflect the real possibility to convert resources into the fulfilment of personal goals. The capability approach, developed by A. K. Sen, offers a useful framework for the evaluation and assessment of individual well-being considering both monetary and non-monetary resources. The study describes a methodology, derived from the capability approach, to estimate the additional income needed for various types of household with and without disabled members to ensure the same satisfaction with economic resources. The method has been applied to the Italian contest, where 2.6 million people with disability live, and then the results are compared with the findings from an analogous study conducted in UK. The study reveals that disabled people in Italy need an income level two times higher to enjoy the same level of economic satisfaction, while in UK 50% of extra resource are sufficient. The findings suggests that traditional evaluations based on consumption lead to an underestimation of the needs of household containing disabled members. It follows that the financial benefits envisaged by actions planned by government through current instruments may not be completely effective.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy; United Kingdom