Even though interest in non-take up of social benefits is considerable in many European countries, the topic is under-researched in southern Europe. This article provides preliminary estimates of the extent of non-take up of two pairs of means-tested retirement benefits in Greece and Spain. The benefits examined are: (1) the minimum pension supplements pensioner social solidarity benefit EKA Sigma and complementos por minimos; and (2) the social pensions pension to uninsured elderly and pension de jubilacion no contributiva. The article finds that non-take up of social benefits in the two countries is rather extensive, examines the methodological difficulties inherent in the analysis of non-take up, and concludes with a discussion of the results and their implications.

Non-Take Up of Social Benefits in Greece and Spain

Matsaganis E.;
2010

Abstract

Even though interest in non-take up of social benefits is considerable in many European countries, the topic is under-researched in southern Europe. This article provides preliminary estimates of the extent of non-take up of two pairs of means-tested retirement benefits in Greece and Spain. The benefits examined are: (1) the minimum pension supplements pensioner social solidarity benefit EKA Sigma and complementos por minimos; and (2) the social pensions pension to uninsured elderly and pension de jubilacion no contributiva. The article finds that non-take up of social benefits in the two countries is rather extensive, examines the methodological difficulties inherent in the analysis of non-take up, and concludes with a discussion of the results and their implications.
Greece; Means-tested benefits; Non-take up; Spain
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