Document Type

Article

Date

1999

Embargo Period

6-28-2012

Keywords

Antipoverty effectiveness, Poverty safety nets, Luxembourg Income Study, LIS

Language

English

Disciplines

Public Policy

Description/Abstract

This paper presents data and analysis on the antipoverty effectiveness of safety nets in eight rich nations using data from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). We find that national safety nets are quite varied and that the most expensive ones (in terms of budgetary cost) are also the most effective. The paper concludes with some suggestions for the construction of effective safety nets in developing nations.

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