The Effect of State Transfers on Poverty in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe

Rebecca Jean Emigh, Cynthia Feliciano, Corey O’Malley, David Cook-Martin

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    During the market transition in Eastern Europe, social support mechanisms shifted from employment-based measures to means-tested ones. This restructuring, along with an overall decrease in social support and economic productivity and an increase in unemployment, meant that these payments were often inadequate to address the large rise in poverty during this period of time. Little research, however, considers whether individual-level payments were effective in reducing poverty. This paper considers the efficacy of these individual-level payments in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, using two-wave panel data. It shows that state transfers to individuals reduced their poverty in all these countries. Thus, while the level of payments may have been inadequate to eliminate the adverse effects of the market transition, the payments themselves were beneficial to individuals and reduced their poverty.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-30
    Number of pages30
    JournalSocial Indicators Research
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    StateAccepted/In press - Jul 8 2017

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    Eastern Europe
    Poverty
    poverty
    Social Support
    social support
    Bulgaria
    Romania
    Unemployment
    Hungary
    market
    social economics
    unemployment
    restructuring
    productivity
    Economics
    Socialist
    Research

    Keywords

    • Market transition
    • Post-socialism
    • Roma
    • Welfare

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Emigh, R. J., Feliciano, C., O’Malley, C., & Cook-Martin, D. (Accepted/In press). The Effect of State Transfers on Poverty in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe. Social Indicators Research, 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-017-1660-y

    The Effect of State Transfers on Poverty in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe. / Emigh, Rebecca Jean; Feliciano, Cynthia; O’Malley, Corey; Cook-Martin, David.

    In: Social Indicators Research, 08.07.2017, p. 1-30.

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    Emigh, Rebecca Jean ; Feliciano, Cynthia ; O’Malley, Corey ; Cook-Martin, David. / The Effect of State Transfers on Poverty in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe. In: Social Indicators Research. 2017 ; pp. 1-30.
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