Poverty in transition: social expenditures and the working age poor


Klugman, Jeni, Micklewright, John and Redmond, Gerry (2002) Poverty in transition: social expenditures and the working age poor. Florence, Italy, United Nations Children's Fun (UNICEF) (Innocenti Working Papers, (91) ).

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A combination of economic growth and committed revenue-raising should
give most governments in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet
Union considerable scope to devote increased resources to tackling poverty.
We review the extent and nature of poverty across the transition countries,
emphasising the phenomenon of the working-age poor. We consider
governments’ fiscal positions and revenue raising tools, including the issue of
whether some countries now have levels of external debt servicing that are so
high as to hamper social sector expenditures. We analyse whether the
introduction of credible unemployment benefit schemes in the CIS would aid
labour market reform and hence help solve the problem there of in-work
poverty (we first review experience in Central and Eastern Europe). We focus
on the case of Russia, and simulate a simple scheme with 2000 household
survey data. The paper concludes by considering the role of improved wages
for public service workers and the targeting of categorical benefits.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: JEL classification: H5, I3, P2
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Keywords: transition, poverty, social expenditures
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 34635
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34635

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