The Contribution of Social Transfers to the Reduction of Poverty
Nicholas T. Longford
De Montfort University
Autonomous University of Barcelona; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5223
We interpret social transfers broadly as a set of measures to reduce or relieve poverty, and study how well this purpose is served in the countries that participated in the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions in 2007. Motivated by the findings, we characterise a social transfer system in a country by its potential and effectiveness, and compare the countries for a range of definitions of the poverty threshold. The methods are also applied to two subpopulations of household types.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: effectiveness of social transfers, equivalized household income, EU-SILC database, potential of social transfers, poverty gap
JEL Classification: I32, C83working papers series
Date posted: October 12, 2010
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