Title
Minimum income protection in the austerity tide Minimum income protection in the austerity tide
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Heidelberg ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
IZA journal of European labor studies. - Heidelberg, 2012, currens
Volume/pages
5(2016) :4 , p. 1-20
ISSN
2193-9012
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Scholarly literature is inconclusive on how economic crises impact on minimum income protection. Earlier studies found small increases in the generosity of safety nets at the onset of the crisis. Yet an increased focus on budget austerity substantially altered the social policy context. This paper assesses how minimum income floors weathered the austerity tide following the crisis using purpose-collected data for 23 EU countries. Generally, social assistance benefit trends did not deviate much from pre-crisis growth levels. Yet retrenchment did occur through more technical measures, the combined impact of which was quite significant in some countries.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/6fc708/131467.pdf
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