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The welfare state and anti-poverty policy
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The aim of this chapter is to highlight some key aspects of recent economic research on the welfare state and antipoverty policy in rich countries and to explore their implications. We begin with the conceptualization and measurement of poverty before sketching out some core features and approaches to the welfare state and antipoverty policies. We then focus on the central plank of the modern welfare state's efforts to address povertynamely, social protection, discussing in turn the inactive working-age population, child income support, in-work poverty, and retirement and old-age pensions. After that we discuss social spending other than cash transfers, the labor market, education, training and activation, and, finally, intergenerational transmission, childhood, and neighborhoods. We also discuss the welfare state and antipoverty policy in the context of the economic crisis that began in 20072008 and the implications for strategies aimed at combining economic growth and employment with making serious inroads into poverty. We conclude with directions for future research.
Language
English
Source (book)
Handbook on income distribution : volume 2A / Atkinson, Anthony B. [edit.]; et al.
Publication
Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2014
ISBN
978-0-444-59430-3
Volume/pages
p. 2063-2139
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Last edited 11.04.2015
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