Pervasive Area Poverty: a pilot study applying modelled household income in a NILS context
McClelland, A. & Donnelly, D. (2009) Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). 1 April 2009. [NILS]
Analysis of the application of the recently developed low household income modelled data for Northern Ireland (Anderson, 2008) to the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS)1 has indicated that it is a robust and appropriate spatial measure of income disadvantage to be used in that context.
In addition, the modelled low household income data could provide a more coherent spatial measure of income for NILS analyses compared to the social security benefit-based income domain within the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure.
Application of the modelled low household income data to the NILS also provides a solution to potential problems of colinearity in applying the existing Multiple Deprivation Measure to the NILS for morbidity and mortality analyses.
Analyses completed would also indicate that the modelled low household income data appears a potential alternative to the social security benefit data underpinning the current income domain within the overall Multiple Deprivation Measure for Northern Ireland.
Finally, the development by the low household income modelled data of Gini coefficient scores at Census-based Super Output Area level provides a unique perspective in identifying the extent of homogeneity of income disadvantage within an area, that is, in the identification of pervasively poor areas.