ERIC Number: EJ885451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Measures of Disadvantage: Is Car Ownership a Good Indicator?
Johnson, Victoria; Currie, Graham; Stanley, Janet
Social Indicators Research, v97 n3 p439-450 Jul 2010
A need to better understand the multidimensional nature of disadvantage is leading to the adoption of a wider range of measurement variables. One variable now commonly adopted is zero car ownership. This paper challenges the logic of including "not having a car" as an indicator of disadvantage. It argues that this can distort the real picture of disadvantage. It presents evidence to show that zero car ownership can be a positive feature of low income households and that conversely high car ownership can put significant financial stress on households with low income.
Descriptors: Low Income, Ownership, Motor Vehicles, Disadvantaged, Measurement, Economic Status, Social Indicators, Sociometric Techniques, Financial Problems, Evaluation Criteria
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