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Title:Non take up of social benefits in Greece and Spain PDF Logo
Authors:Matsaganis, Manos
Levy, Horacio
Flevotomou, Maria
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:EUROMOD Working Paper EM7/10
Abstract:Even though interest in non take up of social benefits is considerable in many European countries, the topic is under-researched in southern Europe. The paper provides preliminary estimates of the extent of non take up of two pairs of means-tested retirement benefits in Greece and Spain. The benefits examined are (i) the minimum pension supplements 'pensioner social solidarity benefit EKAS' and 'complementos por mínimos', and (ii) the social pensions 'pension to uninsured elderly' and 'pensión de jubilación no contributiva'. The paper finds that non take up of social benefits in the two countries is rather extensive, examines the methodological difficulties inherent in the analysis of non take up, and concludes with a discussion of the results and their implications.
Subjects:non take up
means-tested benefits
Greece
Spain
JEL:D31
H31
H53
I38
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:EUROMOD Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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