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Poverty and Inequality

Many research projects of the Institute for Social Policy are concerned with questions of poverty and inequality, and thus problems that also reflect the quality of the existing welfare system. Research is focused on the general situation of the poor and excluded in Austria (often in a comparative and/or a dynamic perspective), on specific groups within the poor and excluded population (e.g. migrants, lone parents, large families, children, women, elderly, unemployed), on specific problems of the poor and excluded (e.g. over-indebtedness, material deprivation, ill-health, access to higher education, fuel poverty), on perspectives of and possibilities for (social) policies to combat poverty and social exclusion (social investment as reform option to combat poverty) and on further issues of inequality.

Information on the current situation concerning poverty and social inclusion in Austria can be found here.


Selected publications

Angel, Stefan, Bittschi, Benjamin. 2017. Housing and Health. In: Review of Income and Wealth (2017, online first).

Angel, Stefan. 2016. The Effect of Over-Indebtedness on Health: Comparative Analyses for Europe. Kyklos Volume 69 (2): 208–227.

Angel, Stefan, Heitzmann, Karin. 2015. Over-indebtedness in Europe: The relevance of country-level variables for the over-indebtedness of private households. Journal of European Social Policy 25 (3): 331-351.

Heitzmann, Karin. 2010. Poverty relief in a mixed economy: Theory of and evidence for the (changing) role of public and nonprofit actors in coping with income poverty. Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang.