Christl, Michael De Poli, Silvia Kucsera, Dénes Lorenz, Hanno
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Agenda Austria Working Paper No. 22
Agenda Austria, Wien
This paper analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on household income in Austria, using detailed administrative labor market data, in combination with micro-simulation techniques, that enable specic labor market transitions to be modeled. We find that discretionary fiscal policy measures in Austria are key to counteracting the inequality- and poverty-enhancing eect of COVID-19. Additionally, we find that females tend to experience a greater loss in terms of market income. The Austrian tax-benet system, however, reduces this gender dierences. Disposable income has dropped by around 1% for both males and females. By comparison, males profit mainly from short-time work scheme, while females profit especially from other discretionary policy measures, such as the one-off payment for children.
COVID-19 short-time work scheme labour market inequality EUROMOD micro-simulation STW automatic stabilizers