Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Is the "neighbour's" lawn greener? Comparing family support in Lithuania and four other NMS

Contents:

Author Info

  • Salanauskaite, Lina
  • Verbist, Gerlinde
Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    To what extent can a country’s effectiveness in reducing child poverty be attributed to the size of family cash transfers (i.e. both benefits and tax advantages) or to their design? In this paper, we disentangle the importance of each of these two factors, focusing on the family support system in Lithuania and comparing it with four other new member states. Both single and large families have increased susceptibility to poverty in Lithuania. This contrasts with other former communist countries, namely Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Czech Republic which protect these family types much better. This paper examines whether their family transfer systems would achieve similar results in Lithuania. We employ the EUROMOD microsimulation tax-benefit model to swap family policies across countries and to test whether size or design has greater effects on child poverty reduction in Lithuania. Our results point to considerably improving poverty situation among large families under Hungarian, Slovenian and the Czech policies. Single parent families would only gain if Lithuanian spending on family transfers would increase by a large degree. Estonian policies would lead to very mixed results: small gains for large families and losses for single parent families

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/euromod/em4-11.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series EUROMOD Working Papers with number EM4/11.

    as in new window
    Length:
    Date of creation: 19 Dec 2011
    Date of revision:
    Publication status: published
    Handle: RePEc:ese:emodwp:em4-11

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: RAB Butler Building, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, ESSEX C04 3SQ
    Phone: +44 (0)1206 872957
    Fax: +44 (0)1206 873151
    Email:
    Web page: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/euromod/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords:

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ese:emodwp:em4-11. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Paul Groves).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.