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Social safety nets in OECD countries (English)

The focus of the note is on non-contributory social programs for low-income households, or other vulnerable groups in OECD countries. These programs, typically referred to as social safety net (SSN) programs in developing countries, are labeled welfare programs in the US and social assistance programs in the European Union. This note covers 28 countries belonging to the OECD, and refers to an in depth review of SSN programs in the US and nine European Union countries prepared for a course on "Social Safety Nets in OECD Countries." The accompanying course materials have been developed by a team from the Urban Institute (for the US) and the University of Maastricht (for nine European Union countries). The material on US welfare policies also draws on Lindert (2005), and the review of reforms in OECD countries from Abt (2003).

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Tesliuc,Emil Daniel

Social safety nets in OECD countries (English). Social Safety Nets Primer Notes ; no. 25 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/370381468140670277/Social-safety-nets-in-OECD-countries