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The case for family benefits


  • Bradshaw, Jonathan


The package of support for families with children in the USA is not terribly effective. The model of targeted social assistance is also the one that has been advocated by the World Bank in middle and low income countries. It is failing poor children. This paper uses comparisons of child benefit packages in the European Union and Central and Eastern European and Confederation of Independent States (CEE/CIS) countries derived using model family methods. It rehearses the arguments in favour of universal family benefits — the norm in the EU. It calls for a new approach in the CEE/CIS and USA.

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  • Bradshaw, Jonathan, 2012. "The case for family benefits," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 590-596.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:3:p:590-596
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.10.009

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    1. Isaac Chinyoka, 2017. "Poverty, changing political regimes, and social cash transfers in Zimbabwe, 1980–2016," WIDER Working Paper Series 088, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. Chrysa Leventi & Olga Rastrigina & Holly Sutherland, 2016. "The importance of income-tested benefits in good times and bad: lessons from EU countries," ImPRovE Working Papers 16/01, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp.
    3. Elena Bárcena-Martín & M. Carmen Blanco-Arana & Salvador Pérez-Moreno, 2016. "Assessing the impact of social transfer income packages on child poverty in European countries: Pro-child targeting vs pro-poor targeting," Working Papers 410, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    4. Gerlinde Verbist & Wim Van Lancker, 2016. "Horizontal and Vertical Equity Objectives of Child Benefit Systems: An Empirical Assessment for European Countries," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 128(3), pages 1299-1318, September.

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