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Poverty Risks for Households with Disabled People

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.

Korzhuk S. V.

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