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Welfare risks in early adulthood

Thomas Lorentzen har sammen med Espen Dahl og Ivan Harsløf publisert en ny artikkel i International Journal of Social Welfare.

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Forfatterne stiller i denne studien spørsmål om hvilke karakteristikker og kritiske livshendelser som fører til at unge mennesker i Norge blir mottaker av sosiale ytelser. Videre undersøkes om sosioøkonomisk bakgrunn påvirker sannsynligheten for å bli ytelsesmottaker, og om effekten av kritiske livshendelser avhenger av sosial bakgrunn.

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Abstract

This study assessed the significance of critical life events and socio-economic background in relation to the likelihood of young Norwegians receiving social assistance, asking how each of these factors contributes both independently and interactively. The data set was derived from a nationwide, longitudinal register and includes the entire 18-year-old cohort in 1993. A discrete-time proportional hazard rate analysis controlling for unobserved heterogeneity was applied. The results indicate that both socio-economic background and indicators of critical life events have strong independent effects on the likelihood of receiving social assistance. Significant interaction effects between socio-economic background and certain indicators of critical life events were detected. However, contrary to our expectations, under certain circumstances, coming from a group with low socio-economic status does not seem to ameliorate the effect of being exposed to critical life events.