POVERTY & INEQUALITY

29 October, 2015

CHANGING WELFARE IN SOUTHERN EUROPE? POLITICAL COMPETITION AND THE EVOLUTION OF MINIMUM INCOME PROTECTION IN ITALY AND SPAIN (Marcello Natili)

The lack of a minimum income scheme (Mis) has been considered one of the main features of welfare states belonging to the Southern European Model. In the last decades, Italy and Spain have experienced very different developments in this policy field. In Spain, all Autonomous Communities have introduced Mis to […]
30 June, 2015

TWO RENEWED ATTEMPTS AT COORDINATION: THE COSTA RICAN AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CASES (Fabián Repetto)

A substantive argument informs the recent debate of a considerable section of Latin American social policy. This argument maintains that, since conditional transfer programmes are under way in about twenty countries of the region, in the face of the potentialities and limitations of this kind of interventions with a history […]
26 June, 2015

THE COORDINATION OF SOCIAL POLICIES (Fabián Repetto)

Nowhere in the world, including in European and Latin American countries, do social policies have a univocal dimension. Conversely, social policies are defined by each State (as well as at the subnational and local government levels), and they depend on historical patterns in terms of their connection with social forces, […]
4 June, 2015

SOCIAL MOBILITY TO REDUCE INEQUITY

The issue of social mobility is at the center of the Trento Festival of Economics (May 29 to June 2, 2015), that reaches its tenth edition confirming its global significance. “The dynamic inequalities are as important as the static ones. It is important not only the distance between the highest […]
19 May, 2015

SOCIAL EUROPE – AIMING FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH – ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SOCIAL PROTECTION COMMITTEE ON THE SOCIAL SITUATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (2014)

Recíprocamente suggests the reading of the last report of the Social Protection Committee on the social situation in the European Union (2014). As presented by the European Commission, “the report delivers on the core task of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) to monitor the social situation in the Member States […]
19 May, 2015

EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN – UNIVERSAL SOCIAL PROTECTION IN LABOUR MARKETS

Recíprocamente informs that the ECLAC and the ILO recently published a new report “Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean – Universal social protection in labour markets with high levels of informality” coordinated by Jürgen Weller (ECLAC) and Gerhard Reinecke (ILO). According to the authors “the fall in urban […]
24 April, 2015

PENSIONS AT A GLANCE: LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (OECD/IDB/THE WORLD BANK)

Recíprocamente informs that the IDB, the OECD and the World Bank recently published a new report on pensions in Latin America. We selected some elements of this text that seems particularly relevant : “The biggest pension policy challenge faced by most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) today […]
17 April, 2015

ACTIVE INCLUSION AND THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY: THE CHALLENGE OF INTEGRATED SERVICES (COPE)

This European Policy Brief published by COPE (research project co-financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme), and written by Katharina Zimmermann, invites us to think about the integration of Minimum Income Protection, labour market policies and social services. Presenting the context, Katharina Zimmermann reminds us that ” […]
17 April, 2015

NON-CASH BENEFITS FROM SOCIAL HOUSING IN EUROPE (IMPROVE)

Recíprocamente informs that ImPRovE, the international research project (funded by the 7th Framework  Programme of the European Union) recently published a new working paper titled “Non-cash benefits from social housing in Europe: a comparative perspective”, by Markus M. Grabka and Gerlinde Verbist. The main argument they develop is that ” […]