Social Assistance Benefits and European Coordination

Department of Economics Research Memorandum 2015.02, Leiden University.

36 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2015

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Jinxian Wang

Leiden University - Department of Tax Law and Economics

Olaf van Vliet

Leiden University - Leiden Law School; Leiden University - Department of Economics

Kees Goudswaard

Leiden Law School - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 17, 2015

Abstract

A number of studies suggest that the Europeanization process has a profound impact on national labour market policies, but fairly little research has been devoted to the development of social assistance benefit schemes across countries and over time. Relying on two new indicators, benefit levels and replacement rates, we examine the impact of the Lisbon Strategy on national social assistance policies. We find no robust effects for the first years of the Lisbon Strategy. However, after its re-launch in 2005, the Lisbon Strategy has significantly contributed to increases of national social assistance benefit levels. In addition to the Lisbon Strategy, domestic political, institutional and several economic factors also have a significant impact on social assistance benefits.

Keywords: social assistance benefit replacement rates, open method of coordination, Lisbon Strategy, Europeanization, welfare state reform

JEL Classification: H53, H55, I31, I38

Suggested Citation

Wang, Jinxian and van Vliet, Olaf and Goudswaard, Kees, Social Assistance Benefits and European Coordination (August 17, 2015). Department of Economics Research Memorandum 2015.02, Leiden University.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2645606 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2645606

Jinxian Wang (Contact Author)

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Olaf Van Vliet

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

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Leiden University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Kees Goudswaard

Leiden Law School - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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