Monday, June 27, 2016

At-Risk-Of-Poverty Rates and Work Intensity

The following table gives at risk-of-poverty rates (disposable income less than 60 per cent of the median) for people aged 60 and under by the work intensity of the households.  The countries are ranked from lowest AROP rate to highest for each work intensity level (very high to very low) with Ireland’s position highlighted.

AROP by HH Work Intensity

In this, albeit limited, view of poverty rates Ireland is the best-performing EU country.  Across the five work-intensity categories Ireland’s average ranking is 2.6.  The next best countries are Denmark and The Netherlands with an average ranking of 5.2.  Sweden has an average ranking of 20.6.


  1. Correct me if I'm wrong................but if overall our AROP [14-15%] is just below the EU average [16-175], yet this analysis suggests our AROP rates are in lowest 3-4 countries, then the explanation of this apparent contradiction is that we have a disproportionate amount of people in VLWI households, and that pulls up the absolute AROP?

    Or am I confused?

    1. Correct.

      The subtlety of this point is lost on nearly all commentators on this topic in Ireland unfortunately.