The Decommodified Security Ratio: A Tool for Assessing European Social Protection Systems

  title={The Decommodified Security Ratio: A Tool for Assessing European Social Protection Systems},
  author={Georges Menahem},
  journal={European Economics: Labor \& Social Conditions eJournal},
  • G. Menahem
  • Published 18 September 2007
  • Economics
  • European Economics: Labor & Social Conditions eJournal
With a view to better assessment of the roles played by social security and social policy in determining well-being, this article introduces the "decommodified security ratio" (DSR), an instrument for evaluating an important duty of the social State, namely to maintain and improve people's economic security. To that end we describe the conventions for its use, analyse its main components in 20 European countries in 2002 and simulate the changes in it produced by ten variations in those… 
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