Multidimensional Wellbeing in the European Union

In May on Tour de Germany presenting a talk “Multidimensional Wellbeing in the European Union: A Configurational Analysis of Disadvantages in EU-27 countries” at:

* Wissenschaftscentrum Berlin, WZB, Berlin, 18 May, 2014

* Social Order and Life Chances in Cross-National Comparison, SocLife, Cologne 24 May, 2014

* Mannheim Zenter für Sozialforschung, MZES, Mannheim, 27 May, 2014

Social advantages and disadvantages tend to come in packages and their distribution vary across countries, in part as a result of different public policies. The European Union measure the at risk of poverty and social exclusion (AROPE) as the union of the set of people who are either at-risk-of-poverty (below 60% of median income) OR materially deprived OR living in jobless households (when in working age). Measured in this way nearly one in four European is at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Together with Charles Ragin, University of Irvine, I am working on how set-oriented approaches can help us better to capture the essence of configurations of poverty, intersectionality of socio-economic groups and policy packages. Thanks to many good and critical questions and comments at the above seminars and conferences, we have how developed a procedure for studying how configurations like policy packages (e.g. on the availability, affordability and quality of childcare) is associated with configurational outcomes like at-risk-of-poverty AND materially deprived AND in jobless households. Stay tuned:)

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