Title
Is the neighbour's grass greener? Comparing family support in Lithuania and four other new member statesIs the neighbour's grass greener? Comparing family support in Lithuania and four other new member states
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research group
Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy
Publication type
article
Publication
Harlow,
Subject
Sociology
Law
Source (journal)
Journal of European social policy. - Harlow, 1991, currens
Volume/pages
23(2013):3, p. 315-331
ISSN
0958-9287
1461-7269
ISI
000321262400006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
To what extent can a country's effectiveness in reducing child poverty be attributed to the size of family cash transfers (that is, both benefits and tax advantages) or to their design? In this paper, we disentangle the importance of each of these two factors, focusing on the family support system in Lithuania and comparing it with four other new member states. Both single parent and large families are increasingly susceptible to poverty in Lithuania. This contrasts with other former communist countries, namely Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, which protect these family types much better. This paper examines whether their family transfer systems would achieve similar results in Lithuania. We employ the EUROMOD microsimulation tax-benefit model to swap family policies across countries and test whether size or design has greater effects on child poverty reduction in Lithuania. Hungarian, Slovenian and Czech policies would considerably improve the poverty situation among large families. Single parent families would only gain if Lithuanian spending on family transfers increased radically. Estonian policies would lead to mixed results: small gains for large families and losses for single parent families.
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