Poverty Alleviation and the Degree of Centralisation in European Schemes of Social Assistance

40 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2003

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Katja Hölsch

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Economics

Margit Kraus

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

In this paper, the relationship between the degree of centralisation and the distributive outcomes in European schemes of social assistance is investigated. For this purpose, a scheme of classification suitable for grouping the EU15 schemes except for Luxembourg according to features related to centralisation is established and an indicator for centralisation is developed. Subsequently, on the basis of LIS data the effectiveness and efficiency in reducing poverty through social assistance payments are calculated for five selected EU systems and the linkage of their distributive impacts to the degree of centralisation is examined.

Keywords: Social Assistance, Classification, Centralisation, Poverty, Redistribution

JEL Classification: I32, I38, H53

Suggested Citation

Hölsch, Katja and Kraus, Margit, Poverty Alleviation and the Degree of Centralisation in European Schemes of Social Assistance (March 2003). ZEW Discussion Paper No. 03-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=423400 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.423400

Katja Hölsch (Contact Author)

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Economics ( email )

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Margit Kraus

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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