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 ” income inequalities and poverty in OECD countries relies on the concept of household disposable cash income, thus ignoring the services governments provide to households. Including those services matters a lot, however, for policy interpretation. While cash housing benefits are generally included in household disposable income, the effect of social housing is not accounted for. This may provide a misleading picture of the impact of overall housing policies on inequality and poverty, as some countries use different policies to help households meet their housing expenses”.

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