Department of International and European Economic Studies
Athens University of Economics and Business

Research Projects

ImPRovE - Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation (2012-2016)

ImPRovE is an international research project that brings together a broad network of researchers in a concerted effort to study poverty, social policy and social innovation in Europe. It is supported by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme).

The Policy Analysis Research Unit is mostly involved in research areas concerning the effects of the economic crisis and the austerity measures on poverty and inequality, the relationship among minimum wages, informal employment and in-work poverty, the role of social services in the provision of the "social wage", the construction of "reference budgets" in order to monitor the developments in the fields of extreme poverty and social exclusion, etc.

The research project is coordinated by the University of Antwerp (Antwerp - Belgium), with the participation of the London School of Economics (London - England), the University of Essex (Colchester - England), the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Vienna - Austria), the University of Urbino (Urbino - Italy), the University of Turku (Turku - Finland), the Tárki Social Research Institute (Budapest - Hungary) and the University Ramón Llull (Barcelona – Spain).

The publications of PARU's team are presented below:

Manos Matsaganis and Chrysa Leventi (2014)
Distributive Effects of the Crisis and Austerity in Seven EU Countries - ImPRovE WP 14/04: Policy Brief - Full article

Michail Veliziotis, Manos Matsaganis and Aleksandros Karakitsios (2015)
Involuntary part-time employment: perspectives from two European labour markets - ImPRovE WP 15/02: Full article