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dc.contributor.authorMarchal, Sarahen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarx, Iveen_US
dc.contributor.authorVan Mechelen, Nataschaen_US
dc.description.abstractThe present economic crisis comes against the background of decades of policy changes that have generally weakened the capacity of social safety nets to offer citizens with adequate resources for financial survival when labour markets fail to do so. Building on data for 24 European Union countries, this paper asks whether EU governments implemented additional measures during the first phase of the crisis to improve safety nets. Our data, drawn from a large network of national experts, show that many countries introduced supportive measures, in particular in the form of additional increases in gross minimum income benefits. More generous child benefits have also helped to increase net disposable incomes of families on minimum income. Behavioral requirements imposed on minimum income recipients have been neither tightened nor relaxed. In a limited number of countries, activation efforts aimed at minimum income recipients have been intensified. Despite some improvements, social safety nets in Europe remain far below widely accepted poverty thresholds, including the EU's own official measure.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6264en_US
dc.subject.keywordminimum incomesen_US
dc.subject.keywordcrisis measuresen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial policyen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Mindestsicherungen_US
dc.titleDo Europe's minimum income schemes provide adequate shelter against the economic crisis and how, if at all, have governments responded?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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