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  • Brett, Craig

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    (Mount Allison University)

  • Jacquet, Laurence

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    (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

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This article explores the use of workfare as part of an optimal tax mix when labor supply responses are along the extensive margin. Particular attention is paid to the interaction between workfare and an earned income tax credit, two policies that are designed to provide additional incentives for individuals to enter the labor force. This article shows that, despite their common goal, these policies are often at odds with each other.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Paper Series in Economics with number 8/2011.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 13 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhheco:2011_008

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Keywords: Extensive margin; optimal income taxation; workfare;

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  8. Emmanuel Saez, 2000. "Optimal Income Transfer Programs: Intensive Versus Extensive Labor Supply Responses," NBER Working Papers 7708, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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