Social Assistance in the New EU Member States - Strengthening Performance and Labor Market Incentives (Paperback)

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This study analyzes the performance of social assistance and family benefit programs in eight new member states of the European Union from the perspective of fiscal impact and effectiveness. It is based on household survey data for six countries, as well as budget data and information on program design collected at the national level. It finds that, although social assistance programs in the new member states are small in terms of coverage and expenditure levels (reaching 2 to 5 percent of the population), the programs are an important safety net for the poor. Programs are relatively well targeted, with between 30 and 60 percent of resources going to the poorest quintile of the population. For those who receive them, benefits can make up as much as 37 percent of average consumption of the poor.

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This study analyzes the performance of social assistance and family benefit programs in eight new member states of the European Union from the perspective of fiscal impact and effectiveness. It is based on household survey data for six countries, as well as budget data and information on program design collected at the national level. It finds that, although social assistance programs in the new member states are small in terms of coverage and expenditure levels (reaching 2 to 5 percent of the population), the programs are an important safety net for the poor. Programs are relatively well targeted, with between 30 and 60 percent of resources going to the poorest quintile of the population. For those who receive them, benefits can make up as much as 37 percent of average consumption of the poor.

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General

Imprint

World Bank Publications

Country of origin

United States

Series

World Bank Working Paper

Release date

September 2007

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First published

September 2007

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Dimensions

253 x 178 x 6mm (L x W x T)

Format

Paperback

Pages

84

ISBN-13

978-0-8213-7159-6

Barcode

9780821371596

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LSN

0-8213-7159-2



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