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Title:Welfare compensation for unemployment in the great recession PDF Logo
Authors:Fernandez-Salgado, Mariña
Figari, Francesco
Sutherland, Holly
Tumino, Alberto
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:EUROMOD Working Paper EM3/12
Abstract:This paper analyses the extent to which tax-benefit systems provide an automatic stabilisation of income for those who became unemployed at the onset of the Great Recession. The focus of the analysis is on the compensation for earnings lost due to unemployment which is channelled through the welfare systems to this group of people who are clearly vulnerable to the recession's adverse effects. In order to assess the impact of unemployment on household income, counterfactual scenarios are simulated by using EUROMOD, the EU-wide microsimulation model, integrated with information from the EU-LFS data. This paper provides evidence on the differing degrees of relative and absolute resilience of the household incomes of the new unemployed. These arise from the variations in the protection offered by the national tax-benefit systems, depending on entitlement or not to Unemployment Benefits, and from the personal and household circumstances of those most recently at risk of unemployment in the countries considered.
Subjects:unemployment
European Union
household income
microsimulation
JEL:C81
H55
I3
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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