On the convergence of social protection performance in the European Union

Lefebvre, Mathieu, Coelli, Tim and Pestieauz, Pierre (2010) On the convergence of social protection performance in the European Union. CESifo Economic Studies, 56 2: 300-322. doi:10.1093/cesifo/ifp030

Author Lefebvre, Mathieu
Coelli, Tim
Pestieauz, Pierre
Title On the convergence of social protection performance in the European Union
Journal name CESifo Economic Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1610-241X
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/cesifo/ifp030
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 56
Issue 2
Start page 300
End page 322
Total pages 23
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Abstract In this article, we use data on five social inclusion indicators (poverty, inequality, unemployment, education and health) to assess and compare the performance of 15 European welfare states (EU15) over a 12-year period from 1995 to 2006. Aggregate measures of performance are obtained using index number methods similar to those employed in the construction of the widely used Human Development Index. These are compared with alternative measures derived from data envelopment analysis methods. The influence of methodology choice and the assumptions made in scaling indicators upon the results obtained is illustrated and discussed. We then analyse the evolution of performance over time, finding evidence of some convergence in performance and no sign of social dumping. © The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org.
Keyword Performance measure
Best practice frontier
Social protection
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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