The Distributional Impact of Social Transfers in the European Union: Evidence from the Echp

37 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2001

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Christopher Heady

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO)

Theodore Mitrakos

Bank of Greece; Athens University of Economics and Business

Panos Tsakloglou

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2001

Abstract

Social transfers vary enormously across the EU, as has been demonstrated in earlier research. This paper analyses the comparative effects of cash transfers on inequality and poverty, using consistent household data. The analysis shows that the distributional impact of these transfers is greater in countries that spend a higher proportion of income on them but that there are other important determinants, including the distribution of funds between different types of transfers and the degree of targeting for each transfer.

Keywords: Social Transfers, Income Distribution, European Union, Household Survey

JEL Classification: I38, H55

Suggested Citation

Heady, Christopher and Mitrakos, Theodore M. and Tsakloglou, Panogiotis, The Distributional Impact of Social Transfers in the European Union: Evidence from the Echp (September 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=283450

Christopher Heady

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO) ( email )

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