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The impact of the Minimum Income Scheme on Poverty in the Basque Country


  • Lucía Gorjón


This paper assesses the impact of a Minimum Income Scheme (MIS), which operates in one of the 17 Spanish Regions - the Basque Country. In particular, its impact, effectiveness and efficiency in fighting poverty is assessed. Results show that MIS has had a strong impact in reducing all dimensions of poverty. However, only 59.2% of the benefit transferred effectively contributes to poverty reduction. The paper presents an alternative, more egalitarian design of the Minimum Income Scheme, which, in line with an international standard of poverty, seeks to maximize its coverage and its impact in reducing poverty.

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  • Lucía Gorjón, 2017. "The impact of the Minimum Income Scheme on Poverty in the Basque Country," Studies on the Spanish Economy eee2017-24, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaeee:eee2017-24

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