Poverty and Social Assistance in Transition Countries

Poverty and Social Assistance in Transition Countries

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Declining incomes and growing income inequality have led to a rise in poverty in the transition economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This study examines poverty and social assistance in six countries - Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Russia, and the Kyrgyz Republic - comparing the poverty profiles and the correlates of poverty between the two regions. The study finds that the profile of poverty is more sharply defined in Eastern Europe than in the former Soviet Union, where poverty is more widespread. This holds the potential for better targeting of social assistance in Eastern Europe, and the study proposes a novel two-step approach to identify the poor.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 127 x 203mm
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1999
  • XII, 188 p.
  • 1349422886
  • 9781349422883

Table of contents

Preface The Transition Economies in the Study: How Similar and Different They Are; B.Milanovic The Determinants of Poverty in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union; C.Grootaert & J.Braithwaite The Role of Social Assistance in Addressing Poverty; B.Milanovic Policy Recommendations and General Conclusions; J.Braithwaite, C. Grootaert & B.Milanovic
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About Christiaan Grootaert

JEANINE BRAITHWAITE is Economist in the Europe and Central Asia Department of the World Bank.

CHRISTIAAN GROOTAERT is Senior Economist in the Social Development Department of the World Bank.

BRANKO MILANOVIC is Principal Economist in the Poverty and Human Resources Division of the World Bank.
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