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Social transfers and poverty in middle- and high-income countries – A global perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2016 (English)In: Global Social Policy, ISSN 1468-0181, E-ISSN 1741-2803, Vol. 16, no 1, 22-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates an old question that has re-emerged in social policymaking and in analyses of global social development: to what extent does targeting and size of social transfers matter for poverty? Using multilevel logistic regression and Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg (LIS) income data for 40 middle- and high-income countries, we show that the size of transfer income has greater explanatory value for cross-country differences in poverty than the degree of targeting of transfer income. The results are remarkably robust in terms of estimated individual-level and country-level compositional and confounding factors.

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2016. Vol. 16, no 1, 22-46 p.
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Cash benefits, poverty, redistribution, social policy, targeting
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128053DOI: 10.1177/1468018115591712ISI: 000372342000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-128053DiVA: diva2:912322
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-04-25Bibliographically approved

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