Laeken indicators Article

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The Laeken indicators is a set of common European statistical indicators on poverty and social exclusion, established at the European Council of December 2001 in the Brussels suburb of Laeken, Belgium. They were developed as part of the Lisbon Strategy, of the previous year, which envisioned the coordination of European social policies at country level based on a set of common goals.

List of Laeken indicators

Most of these indicators are discriminated by various criteria (gender, age group, household type, etc.).

  • At-risk-of-poverty rate
  • At-risk-of-poverty threshold
  • S80/S20 income quintile share ratio
  • Persistent at-risk-of-poverty rate
  • Persistent at-risk-of-poverty rate (alternative threshold)
  • Relative median at-risk-of-poverty gap
  • Regional cohesion
  • Long-term unemployment rate
  • Persons living in jobless households
  • Early school leavers not in education or training
  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Self defined health status
  • Dispersion around the at-risk-of-poverty threshold
  • At-risk-of-poverty rate anchored at one moment in time
  • At-risk-of-poverty rate before cash social transfers
  • Gini coefficient
  • In-work at risk of poverty rate
  • Long term unemployment share
  • Very long term unemployment rate


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