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An Asset-based Indicator of Wellbeing for a Unified Means Testing Tool: Money Metric or Counting Approach?

Martina Menon (), Federico Perali () and Eva Sierminska ()

No 02/2016, Working Papers from University of Verona, Department of Economics

Abstract: Abstract As part of the Europe 2020 strategy, European member states have committed to modernizing and harmonizing their welfare systems and to improving the quality of the means testing tools adopted to correctly identify the beneficiaries of welfare policies. This study contributes to the literature on means testing by implementing and then comparing two alternative multidimensional targeting approaches: an asset-based money metric and a counting measurement of poverty. The two approaches aggregate poverty dimensions and differently implement inter-household comparisons of wellbeing. The study shows that in terms of targeting efficiency the approach based on the money metric is superior. The comparison is important from both an empirical and a policy point of view because a unified means testing tool would pave the way to harmonized welfare policies across European countries.

Keywords: Means testing; multidimensional poverty; asset based poverty; wellbeing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 H31 I32 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33
Date: 2016-02
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