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Working Paper No. 89
By Stephen McKay
This working paper takes the new material deprivation questions for older people, asked in the Family Resources Survey (FRS) since 2008, and assesses ways that they might be used to construct an overall measure of deprivation. It uses data from the FRS from the period May 2008 to March 2009, and applies a range of statistical methods of analysis to compare different strategies to constructing such a measure. It looks at the implications of different choices in the design of the overall index of pensioner material deprivation.