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The effect of social transfers in Europe: An empirical analysis using generalised Lorenz curves

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  • Hoelsch, Katja

    (University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany)

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This paper aims at examining the impact of different transfers on the income distribution in European countries. Therefore an empirical analysis using generalised Lorenz curve comparisons is carried out. The obtained results are investigated by relating them to a classification of European social transfer systems.

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  • Hoelsch, Katja, 2002. "The effect of social transfers in Europe: An empirical analysis using generalised Lorenz curves," IRISS Working Paper Series 2002-02, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.
  • Handle: RePEc:irs:iriswp:2002-02
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    Keywords

    Social Transfers ; Generalised Lorenz Curve ; Income Distribution ; Classification;

    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs

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