Regional poverty in Croatia

Type Journal Article - Social Policy and Regional Development Proceedings, Zagreb: EIZ and FES
Title Regional poverty in Croatia
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 65-90
This paper investigates the regional variation in poverty measures in Croatia on the
basis of the Household Budget Surveys 2002-2004. An absolute poverty line is
estimated at the national level following the method introduced by Ravallion (1994).
After defining five geographical regions, we estimate the class of Foster-GreereThorbecke
(1984) poverty measures for each region, separately by urban and rural
areas. Regional variation in poverty rates turns out to be substantial. The risk of
poverty in rural areas is almost three times higher than in urban areas. Microsimulations
based on multivariate regression analysis show that regional disparities in
poverty rates persist even after controlling for differences in education, labor market
and other demographic factors.

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