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Inequality and poverty during the recession in Italy

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  • Massimo Baldini
  • Emanuele Ciani

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This paper simulates the effects of the recent economic crisis on income inequality and poverty in Italy. We impute changes in employment rates estimated from the Labour force survey on the Italian SILC sample. The resulting increase in unemployment benefits is simulated in detail, together with the expansion of the Cassa Integrazione Guadagni, a wage supplement fund that has played a crucial role during the crisis. Our simulations suggest that the crisis has increased inequality and poverty levels, in particular for households with children and for the younger cohorts of workers. We also show that a reform of unemploymentbenefits towards universalism would have significantly contained these effects.

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  • Massimo Baldini & Emanuele Ciani, 2011. "Inequality and poverty during the recession in Italy," Politica economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 297-322.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:je8794:doi:10.1429/36591:y:2011:i:3:p:297-322
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    1. Bruno Anastasia & Massimo Mancini & Ugo Trivellato, 2009. "(Il sostegno al reddito dei disoccupati: note sullo stato dell'arte, inerzie dell'impianto categoriale e incerti orizzonti di flexicurity (A note on italian Unemployment Compensation schemes)," ISAE Working Papers 112, ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics - (Rome, ITALY).
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    1. Massimo Baldini, 2014. "Fiscal austerity and income distribution in Italy," Center for the Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) 0112, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia "Marco Biagi".
    2. Elena Giarda & Gloria Moroni, 2018. "The Degree of Poverty Persistence and the Role of Regional Disparities in Italy in Comparison with France, Spain and the UK," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 136(1), pages 163-202, February.

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    Keywords

    Italy; economic crisis; employment rates; unemployment benefits; inequality; poverty; microsimulation. J.E.L. Classification: C63; I30; I38.;

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    • C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods

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