European Schemes of Social Assistance: An Empirical Analysis of Set-Ups and Distributive Impacts

35 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2004

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Katja Hölsch

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Economics

Margit Kraus

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: August 2002

Abstract

This paper analyses the distributive impacts of various regulatory and institutional settings of European schemes of social assistance. For this purpose, two sets of classifications of European schemes of social assistance are introduced that classify the systems according to regulatory arrangements and degree of centralisation, respectively. Subsequently, the distributive impacts of five selected EU systems are calculated on the basis of LIS data and their relationship to class assignment is investigated.

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

JEL Classification: I32, I38, H53

Suggested Citation

Hölsch, Katja and Kraus, Margit, European Schemes of Social Assistance: An Empirical Analysis of Set-Ups and Distributive Impacts (August 2002). ZEW Discussion Paper No. 02-51, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=439761 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.439761

Katja Hölsch

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Economics ( email )

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Germany

Margit Kraus (Contact Author)

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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