My thanks are due to two anonymous referees and to Professor Jean Gadrey for kindly reading through this text and for their valuable comments, which prompted me to make significant improvements to my initial draft. Any remaining errors and inadequacies are, of course, entirely my own.
The decommodified security ratio: A tool for assessing European social protection systems
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2007
International Social Security Review
Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 69–103, October–December 2007
How to Cite
Menahem, G. (2007), The decommodified security ratio: A tool for assessing European social protection systems. International Social Security Review, 60: 69–103. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-246X.2007.00281.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2007
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 components. From an analysis of the sensitivities of economic security we then demonstrate three different rationales.