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Equivalence Scales and the Welfare of Children: A Comment on "Is There Bias in the Economic Literature on Equivalence Scales?"

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  • Bojer, Hilde
  • Nelson, Julie A

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In a recent issue of this journal. M. Luisa Ferriera, Reuben C. Buse, and Jan-Paul Chavas argue that the equivalence scales implicit in the official U.S. poverty line and in public welfare programs overcompensate parents for their children, with resulting negative distributional and incentive effects. We show that their analysis is based on a very particular, and ethically unappealing, assumption about the importance of children's well-being. Copyright 1999 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 45 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 531-34

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:45:y:1999:i:4:p:531-34

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  1. Sunil Kumar & Renuka Mahadevan, 2008. "Construction of An Adult Equivalence Index to Measure Intra-household Inequality and Poverty: Case Study," Discussion Papers Series 363, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.

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