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Assessing the impact of social transfer income packages on child poverty. A European cross-national perspective

Elena Barcena, Maria del Carmen Blanco Arana () and Salvador Perez-Moreno ()
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Maria del Carmen Blanco Arana: Dpto. Economia Aplicada, University of Málaga.
Salvador Perez-Moreno: Dpto. Economia Aplicada, University of Málaga.

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Carmen Blanco-Arana

No 15/02, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: Children are generally at a higher risk of poverty than the population as a whole, although the mechanisms that lead to their socioeconomic vulnerability vary widely across European countries. This paper assesses to what extent some general characteristics of social transfer systems explain the variation in levels of child poverty across 30 European countries. In contrast to previous studies that mainly focus on the redistributive impact of social transfers, we examine several indicators of the generosity, efficiency and incidence of social transfers. Using a multilevel framework, we find lower child poverty rates in countries with more generous and more efficient social transfer that focus to a larger degree on children, even after controlling for country living standard and labour market performance. We confirm previous results that find that the variation in child poverty is mainly due to contextual factors and to a lesser degree to individual factors.

Keywords: Child poverty; EU-SILC; European country; multilevel analysis; social transfers. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 I32 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2015-04-22
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