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Journal Article

Social assistance performance in Central and Eastern Europe: a pre-transfer post-transfer comparison


Publication date

Dec 2016


The anti-poverty impact of national social assistance programmes in eight Central and Eastern European countries is examined using data from the European Union-Survey of Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). Results indicate that social assistance programmes achieve only limited poverty reduction, while spending a significant amount of their resources on the non-poor. The more extensive and generous programmes achieve higher effectiveness in reducing poverty. Efficiency on the other hand appears to be linked only to programme size and not to benefit levels. Unlike Western Europe, no trade-off between effectiveness and efficiency could be detected.

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Journal of European Social Policy

Volume and page numbers

26 , 428 -441





Households, Poverty, Welfare Benefits, and Social Policy


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