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Falling through the social safety net? The case of non-take-up in Austria

Using the tax-/benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD/SORESI based on Austrian EU-SILC data the European Centre carried out an up-to-date analysis of the extent and social determinants of non-take-up of minimum income benefit and monetary social assistance in Austria. Within the system of benefits of last resort minimum income benefit replaced monetary social assistance in 2010/11. The study was supported by funds of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank. More

Overview of analyses and datasets

Extent of non-take-up

  • 2003 monetary social assistance: 61,000 households/ 49%; 150 million EUR/ 39%
  • 2009 monetary social assistance: 114.000 households/ 53%; 423 million EUR/ 51%
  • 2015 minimum income benefit: 73.000 households/ 30%; 328 million EUR/ 30%: with the new benefit statistically significant decrease of non-take-up
  • in case of 100% take-up in 2015 the at-risk-of-poverty rate would drop by 0,7 pp

Determinants of (non-)take-up (socio-demographic characteristics of households rather taking-up; for personal characteristics: main earner in household)

  • Higher poverty gap (2003, 2009)
  • Renting of dwelling (no home ownership) (2009)
  • Lower education level (2003, 2009, 2015)
  • Unemployed, inactive (2003, 2009)
  • Lone parent (2009)
  • Vienna/ larger residential municipality

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