Title
The unequal benefits of family activation: an analysis of the social distribution of family policy among families with young children The unequal benefits of family activation: an analysis of the social distribution of family policy among families with young children
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerp :Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, [*]
Subject
Sociology
Source (series)
CSB working paper / University of Antwerp, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy ; 10/8
Volume/pages
26 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In the last decades, measures to reconcile work and family life arose in response to new societal needs stemming from the generalization of dual earnership. However, dual earnership has not been adopted evenly across various social groups in European societies. Consequently, concerns about the distribution of the benefit of those policies arise: does this new orientation entail a loss of redistributive power of the welfare state? We address this question by focussing on the interaction of three types of family measures and their overall distributional effect in Europe with the Belgian region of Flanders as case in point. We develop a fine-grained analysis to reveal the budgetary impact of the variation in use and generosity, and find that the redistributive effect of child benefits is largely undone by subsidized childcare and parental leave benefits. As such, our analysis supports concern about a reduction of the redistributive character of the new‟ welfare state.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/915b40/3df42c8e.pdf
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