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Poverty Working Group

The crisis in the EU is unfolding, the recession in the US is persisting and poverty is becoming a reality or a threat for more and more people. Austerity policies of unprecedented depth and severity contribute to the pauperisation of people, with Greek governments leading the way. The necessary destruction of capital for getting over the crisis has been burdened on the shoulders of working people, self-employed people, small business and small farmers.

Nevertheless, while absolute poverty is the most telling aspect of poverty, research in approaching this aspect is left aside, as well as the effect of the crisis in the pauperisation of people. The Poverty Working Group encourages contributions which shed light on the theoretical approach of absolute poverty, on social needs and the relative level of their satisfaction and the construction of a poverty threshold based on this level. Additionally, welcome are contributions that examine the effects of the crisis on level of poverty and the satisfaction of needs. Finally, critique of mainstream relative poverty approaches from radical perspective is necessary.

Panel: Over-indebtedness, the standard of living and the poverty line

Session 1 — Track 4 — Room 4.14 — 10:30-12:30pm

Over-indebted Households and Poverty 

Marsellou Emilia and Bassiakos Yiannis  Abstract  Full Paper

Οver-indebtedness and necessary income

Victoras Tsiafoutis Abstract  Full Paper

Understanding Cambodia’s urban poor: A quantitative and qualitative methodology

Philippa M. McMahon Abstract   Full Paper

The Poverty Line and its Impact on Subjective Well-being

Sian O’Hare Abstract  Full Paper

Panel: Rising or limiting poverty? Health and food policies in Brazil  and Greece

Session 9 — Track 6 — Room 4.26 — 10:45-12:45pm

Is Reduction of Income Inequalities enough for a Better Life? Poverty reduction and sanitation in Brazil.

Maria Cecília Lustosa Abstract  Full Paper

Access and Food Inflation- Limits of Income Transfer Programs.

Almeida Filho Niemeyer Abstract   Full Paper

The case of the need for health care in Greece amidst capitalist crisis

Aris Oikonomou Abstract   Full Paper