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Region: Economics and Sociology

2021 year, number 4


S.V. Korzhuk
Institute of Social Analysis and Prediction, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia
Keywords: Poverty, disability, households with disabled people, risks and depth of poverty, Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions


The article examines the factors that determine the risks and depth of poverty for households with disabled people. The empirical basis of this study is the 2018 Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions. The study findings show that when one working-age adult is disabled, poverty risks increase for the entire household, whereas having a child or elderly person with a disability does not significantly affect poverty risks compared to households without disabilities. Residing in rural areas or small towns, managing large dwellings, and having children, especially of preschool age, increase the risk of poverty for such households. To reduce the risks, it is necessary to shift the focus from the individual recipient in need of assistance to the household as an economic unit, and to switch from the categorical principle of social protection of vulnerable groups to targeted social support based on an individual assessed need. This change will make it possible to consider the diversity of living circumstances in households that include people with disabilities.