Do Poor Households See Themselves as Poor?

By Seung-Ki Lee.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This article investigates whether poor households think of themselves as poor. In order to do so, this article employs a data set created from a nation-wide survey for Korean living conditions, which was conducted by KIHASA(Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs) in 2004. This article identifies two different poor groups, income poor and deprivation poor groups, since income reflects purchasing power and deprivation does standard of living, which results in considerably different two poor groups. This article confirmed that 46% of the income poor, 40% of the deprivation poor do not regard themselves as poor. This shows that self-assessment of being poor is quite different from objective poor status. If we do not deny assumption that people assess their situation best, this says that both income and deprivation is not sufficient as indicator to measure poverty.

Keywords: Poverty, Poverty Measurement, Self-assessment

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.177-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.256MB).

Prof. Seung-Ki Lee

Assistant Professor, Department of Welfare, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea

I am teaching social welfare, especially social policy, as an assistant propessor at the Department of Welfare, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. Before working for the University, I had worked in various social welfare fields for the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a civil servant for 12 years. My major in Korea University, one of leading Universities in South Korea, is Law (Bachelor of Law & Master of Law). I was awarded Ph.D Degree on Social Policy, 2006, at the University of Edingurgh, UK. I am interested in poverty issues and social welfare for people with disabilities.


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