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Causes and Conditions of Social Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective: Asian Evidence from the LIS Dataset

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  • Timothy Smeeding

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    Social vulnerability due to insufficient income and earnings may come from many sources, both demographic and economic, in a globalizing world. This paper examines the problems of population aging, low wages, growing inequality, and insufficient social spending. Vulnerable groups such as children and the aged are considered. The paper will look at the United States, Canada, and Europe, and Chinese Taipei-Taiwan using the LIS (Luxembourg Income Study) database, and will assess the net effects of existing policies and particularly the United Kingdom's program to reduce child poverty. While best practices may be identified, each nation must create its own set of mutually supportive policies which provide protection against global economic forces while at the same time encouraging self effort and efficient behavior. Still, policy can make a difference in outcomes as shown by the recent British success in fighting child poverty.

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    Paper provided by LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg in its series LIS Working papers with number 417.

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    Length: 56 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2005
    Handle: RePEc:lis:liswps:417
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