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The Contribution of Social Transfers to the Reduction of Poverty

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  • Longford, Nicholas T.

    ()
    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Nicodemo, Catia

    ()
    (University of Oxford)

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We interpret social transfers broadly as a set of measures to reduce or relieve poverty, and study how well this purpose is served in the countries that participated in the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions in 2007. Motivated by the findings, we characterise a social transfer system in a country by its potential and effectiveness, and compare the countries for a range of definitions of the poverty threshold. The methods are also applied to two subpopulations of household types.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5223.

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Keywords: effectiveness of social transfers; equivalized household income; EU-SILC database; potential of social transfers; poverty gap;

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