What is it about?

The article presents the level of material deprivation in the European Union countries. It uses the TOPSIS method for this purpose. Research findings suggest that the population of old EU countries is less severely affected by material deprivation than people living in new member states. Also, the level of global material deprivation was assessed.

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The proposed research approach may be the basis for the establishment of programme documents in the EU, e.g. development strategies or programmes for poverty reduction and lowering material deprivation. This study may provide the stimulus for new directives to be adopted by institutions in charge of social policy in EU countries.


It was an extraordinary pleasure to write the article with Prof. Aleksandra Luczak. I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing and querying the literature.

Sławomir Kalinowski

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This page is a summary of: Assessing the level of the material deprivation of European Union countries, PLoS ONE, September 2020, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238376.
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