Author Archives: wvlancker

New publication in Social Indicators Research

Together with Sarah Marchal, I recently published the paper The measurement of targeting design in complex welfare states: a proposal and empirical applications in Social Indicators Research.

In this article we develop an institutional targeting indicator that captures the policy intention to target towards the poor. Our indicator summarizes policy design into one parameter, and captures the complexity of benefit design in contemporary welfare states in a meaningful way. Drawing on the OECD Benefits and Wages data that capture the rules and legislation of tax benefit systems, we demonstrate different empirical applications for this indicator.

New publication in Journal of European Public Policy

New publication in the Journal of European Public Policy out now: The Matthew effect in childcare use: a matter of policies or preferences?. The article analyses the Matthew effect in formal childcare use across European countries. The results show that class differences in employment nor cultural preferences for home care can explain the Matthew effect. It is however related to structural constraints in the availability and affordability of formal childcare services.