The Italian Social Protection System : The Poverty of Welfare

Author/Editor:

Massimo V. Rostagno ; Francesca Utili

Publication Date:

May 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Italy’s system of social protection has come under criticism for being fragmented and excessively skewed toward pensioners and “insiders.” After setting up a consolidated presentation of the social security accounts, this paper provides an empirical assessment of the effectiveness of the welfare system, relying on a survey of households’ incomes and wealth. It concludes that, owing to ill-designed targeting mechanisms, less than a quarter of total spending on the welfare instruments under review accrues to families whose own resources fall short of the poverty line. The paper then proposes a new means-testing formula.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/74

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451849561/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0741998

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

50

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