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Social assistance performance in Central and Eastern Europe: A pre-transfer post-transfer comparison

Avram, Silvia (2016) 'Social assistance performance in Central and Eastern Europe: A pre-transfer post-transfer comparison.' Journal of European Social Policy, 26 (5). 428 - 441. ISSN 0958-9287

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Abstract

The anti-poverty impact of national social assistance programmes in eight Central and Eastern European countries is examined using data from the European Union-Survey of Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). Results indicate that social assistance programmes achieve only limited poverty reduction, while spending a significant amount of their resources on the non-poor. The more extensive and generous programmes achieve higher effectiveness in reducing poverty. Efficiency on the other hand appears to be linked only to programme size and not to benefit levels. Unlike Western Europe, no trade-off between effectiveness and efficiency could be detected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe, poverty, redistribution, social assistance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Silvia Avram
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 09:47
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18208

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