Social Equity Initiative

Portugal, Social Balance

The yearly report Portugal, Balanço Social [Portugal, Social Balance] aims to draw a socioeconomic portrait of Portuguese families and provide a basis for cross-sectional discussion on poverty and social exclusion in the country. The document describes poverty regarding income and addresses differences in employment status, access to education and health, housing conditions, and social and political participation. It also mentions the persistence of poverty, regional differences, inequality in income distribution, the impact of public policies in the mitigation of poverty, and the population's perceptions and attitudes towards the welfare state.

Portugal, Social Balance 2020 Report

This year’s edition of the Portugal, Balanço Social [Portugal, Social Balance] includes a special chapter dedicated to the impact of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with the greatest economic fragility and poverty situations. It also brings together several datasets to assess the pandemic crisis on health, education, the labor market, savings, consumption, and indebtedness.

See Report  See Executive Summary  See Presentation

Suggested citation:
Peralta, S., Carvalho, B. P., & Esteves, M. (2021). Portugal, Balanço Social 2020. Nova School of Business and Economics.



Here you can find some of the key findings of the “Portugal, Balanço Social 2020” report in infographics (in portuguese):

A portrait of the country: poverty and inequality

The economic and social effects of the pandemic

Portugal, Social Balance 2021 - Interim Note

The pandemic and the job market: what we know a year later

This report combines data from the Labor Force Survey (LFS) from Statistics Portugal, of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (Gabinete de Estudos e Planeamento do Ministério do Trabalho e Segurança Social) and of the Public Employment Offices (Instituto para o Emprego e Formação Profissional, and Google to analise the impacts of the pandemic in the labour market in the last year. This is the first interim report from the “Portugal, Balanço Social” project.

This document is in portuguese.

The Team

Susana Peralta
Scientific Coordinator
Bruno P. Carvalho
Scientific Coordinator
Mariana Esteves