The Welfare State and Anti-Poverty Policy in Rich Countries

Date: 22 July 2015

This paper is prepared as a chapter for the Handbook of Income Distribution, Volume 2 (edited by A. B. Atkinson and F. Bourguignon, Elsevier-North Holland, forthcoming). Like the other chapters in the volume (and its predecessor), the aim is to provide a comprehensive review of a particular area of research. The aim of this chapter is to highlight some key aspects of recent economic research on the welfare state and anti-poverty policy in rich countries, and explore their implications. We begin with the conceptualisation and measurement of poverty, before sketching out some core features and approaches to the welfare state and anti-poverty policies. We then focus on the central plank of the modern welfare state’s efforts to address poverty, namely social protection, discussing in turn the inactive working-age population, child income support, in-work poverty, and retirement and old-age pensions.

Brian Nolan Ive Marx Javier Olivera

Employment, Equity and Growth

The Welfare State and Anti-Poverty Policy in Rich Countries


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Marx, I., Nolan, B. and Olivera, J. (2015) ‘The Welfare State and Anti-Poverty Policy in Rich Countries’, in Atkinson, A.B. and Bourguignon, F. (eds), "Handbook of Income Distribution". Vol. 2B, Elsevier


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