Minimum Income Protection and EU Coordination

European Journal of Social Security, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 253-271, 2018

19 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018

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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: October 2018

Abstract

A number of studies suggest that the Europeanisation process is having a profound impact on national labour market policies. Nevertheless, rather little research has been devoted to the development of social assistance schemes across countries and over time. Relying on two new indicators, benefit levels and replacement rates, we examined the relationship between the Lisbon Strategy and changes in national social assistance benefits. We found no robust results for the first years of the Lisbon Strategy. However, after its re-launch in 2005, there was a positive association between the Lisbon Strategy and social assistance benefit levels. In addition to the Lisbon Strategy, domestic political, institutional and several economic factors were significantly associated with social assistance benefits.

Keywords: comparative political economy, Europeanisation, welfare state reform, social assistance benefits

JEL Classification: H53, H55

Suggested Citation

Wang, Jinxian and van Vliet, Olaf and Goudswaard, Kees, Minimum Income Protection and EU Coordination (October 2018). European Journal of Social Security, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 253-271, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3272818

Jinxian Wang

Leiden University - Department of Tax Law and Economics ( email )

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Olaf Van Vliet (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

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Leiden, 2300 RA
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Leiden University - Department of Economics ( email )

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2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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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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