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Choosing To Become A ‘Lost Cause’:The Perverse Effects Of Benefit Preconditions

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  • Lisa Farrell
  • Paul Frijters

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This paper argues that preconditions for welfare benefit entitlements based on labour market prospects can be counterproductive when they create an incentive for individuals to abstain from any investment earlier in life that could improve future prospects. Benefit entitlements based partly on investments made prior to labour market entry are then Pareto-improving.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 886.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:886

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  1. Frijters, Paul & Gregory, Bob, 2006. "From Golden Age to Golden Age: Australia's "Great Leap Forward"?," IZA Discussion Papers 2068, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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