10. Poverty and social assistance dynamics from a comparative perspective

András Gábos, TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tim Goedemé, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp, Belgium, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Most research that investigates poverty and social assistance sticks to a cross-sectional perspective. However, in order to design efficient and effective policies, a longitudinal perspective is indispensable. Furthermore, the impact of poverty and social exclusion on an individual’s and family’s life strongly depends on the duration and recurrence of poverty or social exclusion. As a result, an evaluation of the effectiveness of social assistance should take into account whether it enables individuals to exit their status of benefit dependence only temporarily or permanently and whether exiting benefit dependence also results in exiting poverty and social exclusion. Recent developments have largely increased the opportunity for studying the dynamics of poverty and social assistance: the EU-SILC longitudinal data have become available for a wide range of European countries (including Central and Eastern Europe), and more and more researchers gain access to administrative data which suffer less from small sample sizes. Therefore, in this stream, we welcome papers that look at poverty, social exclusion and social assistance from a dynamic perspective. Possible questions that could be addressed include:

What are the main and most recent trends and patterns in the dynamics of social assistance and social exclusion in Europe? Can an effect of the economic crisis be identified?

Are poverty trends and trends in benefit dependence the result of more entries or a longer duration in poverty or social assistance?

How do different (material and non-material, financial and non-financial) dimensions of social exclusion interact in a dynamic way?

To what extent does exiting social assistance dependence correspond to exiting poverty and social exclusion? Are some social assistance designs more conducive to exiting poverty than others?

Both quantitative and qualitative analyses are welcome. Contributions with an explicit cross-national comparative dimension will receive priority.

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