Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/195000
Authors: 
Marchal, Sarah
Marx, Ive
Van Mechelen, Natascha
Year of Publication: 
2016
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of European Labor Studies [ISSN:] 2193-9012 [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 1-20
Abstract: 
Scholarly literature is inconclusive on how economic crises impact on minimum income protection. Earlier studies found small increases in the generosity of safety nets at the onset of the crisis. Yet an increased focus on budget austerity substantially altered the social policy context. This paper assesses how minimum income floors weathered the austerity tide following the crisis using purpose-collected data for 23 EU countries. Generally, social assistance benefit trends did not deviate much from pre-crisis growth levels. Yet retrenchment did occur through more technical measures, the combined impact of which was quite significant in some countries.
Subjects: 
Minimum income schemes
Crisis measures
Reforms
EU member states
Social floor
JEL: 
I38
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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