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Housing benefit and financial returns to employment for tenants in the social sector

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  • Chris Giles

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Paul Johnson

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Julian McCrae

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

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    This paper examines the impact of the UK housing benefit system on the financial returns to employment of people in local authority or Housing Association accommodation. It outlines the current structure of housing benefit and examines its effects on the returns to employment using data from the Family Expenditure Survey. It analyses the consequences of a number of reforms to the current system — lowering social rents, increasing the levels of housing benefit received in work and restricting the amount of rent covered by housing benefit payments. This analysis highlights the trade-offs involved in various strategies available for restructuring the present system.

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    Article provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its journal Fiscal Studies.

    Volume (Year): 18 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 49-72

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    Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:18:y:1997:i:1:p:49-72

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    1. Duncan, Alan & Giles, Christopher, 1996. "Labour Supply Incentives and Recent Family Credit Reforms," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 106(434), pages 142-55, January.
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    1. Janet Currie & Firouz Gahvari, 2008. "Transfers in Cash and In-Kind: Theory Meets the Data," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 46(2), pages 333-83, June.
    2. Bingley, Paul & Walker, Ian, 2001. "Housing Subsidies and Work Incentives in Great Britain," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 111(471), pages C86-103, May.
    3. Richard Blundell & Hilary W. Hoynes, 2004. "Has 'In-Work' Benefit Reform Helped the Labor Market?," NBER Chapters, in: Seeking a Premier Economy: The Economic Effects of British Economic Reforms, 1980-2000, pages 411-460 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Mike Brewer, 2000. "Comparing in-work benefits and financial work incentives for low-income families in the US and the UK," IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies W00/16, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    5. Stuart Adam & Mike Brewer & Andrew Shephard, 2006. "Financial work incentives in Britain: comparisons over time and between family types," IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies W06/20, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    6. Mike Brewer & Tom Clark & Matthew Wakefield, 2002. "Five years of social security reforms in the UK," IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies W02/12, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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