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Poverty and Labour Market Participation of Public Assistance Recipients in Cyprus

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  • Panos Pashardes

    () (Department of Economics and Economics Research Centre, University of Cyprus)

  • Alexandros Polycarpou

    () (Economics Research Centre, University of Cyprus)

Abstract

This paper investigates the depth of poverty and the employment behaviour of public assistance recipients in Cyprus by combining data collected via questionnaire with data drawn from the EU-SILC dataset. Large income inequalities among public assistance recipients indicate the need for better targeting of benefits. Obstacles to employment are bad health, low education, lack of job experience, family dependants, old age and low self-esteem. Wrong perceptions about the labour market contribute to the failure of public assistance recipients to become/remain economically active. Measures to improve the public assistance system and encourage the participation of benefit recipients in the labour market are proposed.

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  • Panos Pashardes & Alexandros Polycarpou, 2011. "Poverty and Labour Market Participation of Public Assistance Recipients in Cyprus," Cyprus Economic Policy Review, University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre, vol. 5(1), pages 23-42, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:erc:cypepr:v:5:y:2011:i:1:p:23-42
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    1. Alexander W. Hoffmaister & Mario Catalan & Jaime Guajardo, 2007. "Addressing the Macroeconomic Consequences of Aging in Cyprus: The Case for Pension Reform," Cyprus Economic Policy Review, University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre, vol. 1(1), pages 3-25, June.
    2. Alejandro Sergio Simone, 2011. "The Cypriot Pension System: Issues and Reform Options," Cyprus Economic Policy Review, University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre, vol. 5(2), pages 3-34, December.
    3. Philippos Mannaris, 2012. "The Cypriot Pension System: Adequacy and Sustainability," Cyprus Economic Policy Review, University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre, vol. 6(2), pages 49-58, December.
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    Cited by:

    1. Koutsampelas, Christos, 2014. "The introduction of a GMI scheme in Cyprus: family structure, equivalence scales and policy challenges," EUROMOD Working Papers EM10/14, EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    2. Christos Koutsampelas, 2011. "Social transfers and income distribution in Cyprus," Cyprus Economic Policy Review, University of Cyprus, Economics Research Centre, vol. 5(2), pages 35-55, December.

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