Work Requirements and Long-Term Poverty
AbstractWe study how work requirements can be used to target transfers to the long-term poor. Without commitment, time consistency requires all screening measures to be concentrated in the first phase of the program. We show that this increases the effectiveness of workfare; it is optimal to use work requirements for a wider range of prior beliefs about the size of the poor population, and work requirements are used more intensively. We compare these results with the optimal policy under commitment. Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing Inc..
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Association for Public Economic Theory in its journal Journal of Public Economic Theory.
Volume (Year): 7 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
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- Schroyen, F. & Torsvik, G., 1999. "Work Requirements and Long Term Poverty," Papers 9/99, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration-.
- Schroyen, F. & Torsvik, G., 1999. "Work Requirements and Long Term Poverty," Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen 0899, Department of Economics, University of Bergen.
- H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
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