Over the course of the past 20 years, welfare states are said to have evolved towards a ‘social investment’ model of welfare – characterised by a focus on equality of opportunity and upward social mobility along with a greater emphasis on individual responsibility.
In view of these policy changes, it is necessary to assess whether traditional stratification cleavages (still) affect the occurrence of ‘social risks’.
Using data from the 2005 EU-SILC intergenerational module, we consider the impact of social class (of origin) on a relevant selection of risks:
- living in a jobless household,
- single parenthood and
- low-paid employment.
Otherwise, a one-sided approach may create new forms of exclusion and give way to ‘Matthew effects’.
Matthew effect (as per Wikipedia)