Session A1: Poverty reduction, social investment and redistribution

Session organisers: Bea Cantillon (UA-CSB) & Gerlinde Verbist (UA-CSB)

Presentations by:

  1. Bea Cantillon (UA-CSB), Beyond Social Investment. Which Concepts and Values for Social Policy-making in Europe?
  2. Gerlinde Verbist (UA-CSB): The Redistributive Capacity of Services
  3. Francesco Figari (University of Essex / University of Insubria): The redistributive effect and progressivity of taxes revisited: An International Comparison across the European Union
  4. Céline Thévenot / Magdalena Grzegorzewska (EC – DG EMPL): Policies to tackle working age poverty and transitions on the labour market: which tools facilitate returns to employment and exits from poverty?

 

Abstract:

The redistributive process is a complex of various measures. In the framework of the social investment strategy, attention has shifted from the more traditional redistributive instruments, such as cash transfers and taxes, towards employment centered spending, often provided through services. In this session we (1) make a critical assessment of the turn towards investment; (2) look at the evolution of the redistributive impact of cash transfers, income taxes and the in-kind benefits derived from publicly provided services; and (3) analyse which institutional settings facilitate return to employment and whether such returns are associated with exits from poverty.

 

Background documents:

  • Cantillon B., Van Mechelen N., Pintelon O., and Van den Heede A. (2013), ‘Social Redistribution, Poverty, and the Adequacy of Social Protection’ in Cantillon, B. and Vandenbroucke, F. (eds.), Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction in Europe: how successful are European welfare states?, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Verbist G., Matsaganis M. (2013), ‘The Redistributive Capacity of Services’ in Cantillon, B. and Vandenbroucke, F. (eds.), Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction in Europe: how successful are European welfare states?, Oxford: Oxford University Press.