Making work pay: a conceptual paper

Publication type:

Research Paper

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Manos Matsaganis and Francesco Figari

Publication date

15 Sep 2016


Boosting the incomes of poor families while simultaneously enhancing the incentive to take up a job (if currently out of work), or to work longer hours (if currently employed part-time), is a key policy goal in Europe and beyond. This conceptual paper explains how work incentives may be measured, describes the main features of (and the issues raised by) in-work benefits, and outlines the potential contribution of the European tax-benefit model EUROMOD to further research on work incentives and in-work benefits in EU member states.


Labour Market, Labour Economics, Welfare Benefits, Income Dynamics, Microsimulation and Taxation