Katarzyna Reluga

University of Bristol


The impact of job stability on monetary poverty in Italy: causal small area estimation


Statistics Seminar


27th October 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Fry Building, 2.41


Job stability refers to the security and predictability of employment, including factors such as long-term contracts, adequate wages, social security benefits, and access to training and career development opportunities. Stable employment can play a crucial role in reducing poverty, as it provides individuals and households with a stable income as well as improves their overall and subjective economic well-being. In this work, we leverage EU-SILC survey and census data to assess the causal effect of job stability on monetary poverty across provinces in Italy. To this end, we propose a causal small area estimation (CSAE) framework for heterogeneous treatment effect estimation in which only a negligible fraction of outcomes is actually observed at the provincial level. Our estimators are more stable than the classical causal inference tools as they borrow strength from the other sources of data at the expense of additional modelling assumptions. On top of that, our new methodology proves to be successful in recovering provincial heterogeneity of the effect of job stability across six regions in Italy.






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