Microsimulation of Social Policy in the European Union: Case Study of a European Minimum Pension

15 Pages Posted: 9 May 2003

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Anthony B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Francois Bourguignon

Paris School of Economics

Cathal O'Donoghue

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG); Rural Economic Research Centre, Teagasc; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Holly Sutherland

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Francesca Utili

University of Rome, Tor Vergata

Abstract

While policies to eliminate poverty remain the responsibility of member states, the European Union may have a role to play in setting minimum standards. This paper explores the implications of a European Minimum Pension. A prototype Europe-wide tax benefit microsimulation model is used to examine the distributional impact of the reform, asking how far such a policy is "targeted" on the poorest pensioners. We conclude that the formulation of policy for the protection of Europe's poorest people requires an appreciation not only of the situation of this group, but also of the assumptions that have been used to identify it.

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, Anthony B. and Bourguignon, Fran├žois and O'Donoghue, Cathal and Sutherland, Holly and Utili, Francesca, Microsimulation of Social Policy in the European Union: Case Study of a European Minimum Pension. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=316892

Anthony B. Atkinson (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Fran├žois Bourguignon

Paris School of Economics ( email )

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Cathal O'Donoghue

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) ( email )

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Rural Economic Research Centre, Teagasc

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Holly Sutherland

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

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United Kingdom

Francesca Utili

University of Rome, Tor Vergata

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio
Italy

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