The Last Stand Against Populism? The Catholic Church in Italy and its Defence of Social Assistance and Migration Policies

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Ugo Escoli, Marco Arlotti and Emmanuele Pavolini. Click here to access the article. Churches’ positions and preferences in social policy are often described in the literature as fixed over time. We challenge this assumption. As argued in our paper, we show how the Italian… Continue reading The Last Stand Against Populism? The Catholic Church in Italy and its Defence of Social Assistance and Migration Policies

Are Migrant Boys ‘Deserving’ of Housing? Discretionary Decisions in Times of Crisis

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society by Katerina Glyniadaki. Click here to access the article. Greece was the epicentre of the so-called migration crisis of 2015-2017. With limited experience as a host migration country, and already amidst a decade-long economic crisis, it was ill-equipped to respond to the unprecedented… Continue reading Are Migrant Boys ‘Deserving’ of Housing? Discretionary Decisions in Times of Crisis

Crowding In or Crowding Out? Old-Age Allowance and Intergenerational Transfers

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy by Chenhong Peng, Julia Shu-Huah Wang, Yiwen Zhu and Yue Zeng. Click here to access the article. One central question surrounding introducing or expanding old-age income transfer programs is will public transfers to the elderly crowd out financial and non-financial transfers (e.g.,… Continue reading Crowding In or Crowding Out? Old-Age Allowance and Intergenerational Transfers

Next to Nothing: Female Immigrants and the Labour Market in Norway

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy by Elisabeth Ugreninov and Lena Magnusson Turner. Click here to access the article. Female immigrants’ substantial disadvantages in the labour market are well documented. Poor host-country human capital, such as host-country language, formal skills and work-relevant experience, have been put forward as… Continue reading Next to Nothing: Female Immigrants and the Labour Market in Norway

The Taxation of Families: How Gendered Tax Policies Affect Income Inequality

This blog is based on an article by Manuel Schechtl. Click here to read the Open Access article. Rising inequality has become a major feature of public debates. In light of the current economic and social crisis, many scholars have called for the state to intervene by increasing transfers or cutting taxes. However, welfare states… Continue reading The Taxation of Families: How Gendered Tax Policies Affect Income Inequality