“To alleviate poverty, there are small investments that can have an enormous impact”
Can poverty be eradicated? Michael Kremer, Nobel Prize for Economics 2019, talks to us about new tools for the economy, which enable us to obtain a rigorous estimate of causes and impacts.
What social challenges does decent housing represent in Spain? This report analyses three challenges in this field: access, conditions and energy needs.
Housing: right or commodity?
The seventh Dossier from the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” focuses on the residential insecurity faced by society’s most vulnerable groups, and access to housing for young people.
Housing system and welfare state. The Spanish case within the European context
The welfare system in Spain has never paid great attention to housing. However, it is a key aspect and one that has repercussions in other dimensions such as health and education.
Why are young people unable to access home ownership?
Employment precarity is an obstacle to accessing home ownership for young people. Rental, which is more expensive, or family solidarity are the main alternatives for setting up a home.
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The redistributive effects of special taxes
The aim of excise duties is to reduce the negative impact on society of specific consumption, such as fuels, tobacco or alcohol. Like all taxes, they also share the function of collection. This report shows that they are regressive in their current design, given that
they account for a significantly igher percentage of income from poor rather than rich households. It also presents the design of possible reforms that would help to increase their redistributive impact.
The redistributive effects of wealth tax
Does a wealth tax help to reduce inequality when it comes to distributing wealth? This report shows that Spain’s wealth tax displays major shortcomings that limit its collection and redistributive impact. This impact could be strengthened without losing its collection capacity through possible reforms and a simpler, more neutral structure.
Is there a motherhood penalty for promotion at work?
Are mothers at a disadvantage when being considered for promotion at work? This study shows that they are not, providing that they have not taken options such as flexible or reduced working hours or teleworking.