Reform of in-kind benefits in Russia : high cost for a small gain
Reform of in-kind benefits in Russia : high cost for a small gainIn Journal of European Social Policy, N° 2, vol. 17, (May 2007).
Struyk, Raymond J.; Alexandrova, Anastasia. 2007. p 153-166.
Based on national legislation passed in the summer of 2004, Russia implemented wide-ranging changes to its system of category-based social benefits in January 2005. Implementation difficulties made headlines around the world. This article discusses the structure of the reforms and examines the extent to which they: (a) reduce or eliminate the categorical allocation of public resources; (b) replace in-kind benefits with cash transfers; and (c) target benefits, in whatever form, to low-income people. The overall conclusions are that the reforms score very badly against criteria (a) and (c), but get a middling score for cashing-out benefits.
Document type: Article.
Language(s): English .
Document format: PDF.
Accessibility: All fee charged.
Theme(s): Social policy / Research, Social security reform.
Geographic coverage: Russian Federation.
Keyword(s): social assistance, benefit in kind.
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