Journal article

Measures of Disadvantage: is Car Ownership a Good Indicator?

Victoria Johnson, Graham Currie, Janet Stanley

Social indicators research | SPRINGER | Published : 2010

Abstract

A need to better understand the multidimensional nature of disadvantage is leading to the adoption of a wider range of measurement variables. One variable now commonly adopted is zero car ownership. This paper challenges the logic of including 'not having a car' as an indicator of disadvantage. It argues that this can distort the real picture of disadvantage. It presents evidence to show that zero car ownership can be a positive feature of low income households and that conversely high car ownership can put significant financial stress on households with low income. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009.