Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161288
Authors: 
Marchal, Sarah
Marx, Ive
Verbist, Gerlinde
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10665
Abstract: 
This paper asks what governments in the EU Member States and some US states are doing to support workers on low wages. Using model family simulations, we assess the policy measures currently in place to guarantee an adequate disposable income to working families, taking into account minimum wages, social security contributions, taxes and cash benefits. We show that despite increased efforts over the past decade, disposable incomes of certain types of minimum wage workers still fall well below the EU at-risk-of-poverty thresholds in many countries. Single earners with dependent children are especially at risk of poverty. We discuss the options for making progress.
Subjects: 
direct income support
minimum wages
in-work benefits
in-work poverty
JEL: 
I38
J88
H75
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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