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Title:Minimum-income benefits in OECD countries: policy design, effectiveness and challenges PDF Logo
Authors:Immervoll, Herwig
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4627
Abstract:Almost all OECD countries operate comprehensive minimum-income programmes for working-age individuals, either as last-resort safety nets alongside primary income replacement benefits, or as the principal instrument for delivering social protection. Such safety-net benefits aim primarily at providing an acceptable standard of living for families unable to earn sufficient incomes from other sources. This paper provides an overview of social assistance and other minimum-income programmes in OECD countries, summarises their main features, and highlights a number of current policy challenges.
Subjects:Social assistance
negative income tax
welfare to work
poverty
JEL:I38
H53
D31
H31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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