The take up of social benefits

Publication type:

Research Paper

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Manos Matsaganis, Alari Paulus and Holly Sutherland

Publication date

1 Oct 2008


The shift in favour of means-tested benefits observed in several European countries since the early 1980s and the rise of refundable tax credits since the mid-1990s raise the questions of how well-targeted such benefits are and what the distributional implications of target inefficiency might be. This research note, using the EUROMOD tax-benefit model, presents the results of estimating the effects of non-take up on target efficiency and on the performance of social assistance benefits in reducing the relative number of people with income below the poverty line.


Welfare Benefits, Microsimulation and Taxation