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Social Insurance and Redistribution

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  • Robin Boadway

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    (Department of Economics, Queen's University)

  • Manuel Leite-Monteiro

    (Universidade Cat´olica Portuguesa)

  • Maurice Marchand

    (CORE, Universit´e catholique de Louvain)

  • Pierre Pestieau

    (CREPP, Universit´e de Li`ege, COREand DELTA)

Abstract

This paper studies optimal linear income taxation and redistributive social insurance when the former has the traditional labor distortion and the latter generates both ex ante and ex post moral hazard. Private insurance is available and individuals differ in labor productivity and in loss probability. We show that government intervention in insurance markets is welfare-improving, and social insurance is generally desirable when there is a negative correlation between labor productivity and loss probability.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1004.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1004

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Keywords: Social Insurance; Moral Hazard; Redistribution;

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Cited by:
  1. BOADWAY, Robin & LEITE-MONTEIRO, Manuel & MARCHAND, Maurice & PESTIEAU, Pierre, 2004. "Social insurance and redistribution with moral hazard and adverse selection," CORE Discussion Papers 2004083, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. Francesca BARIGOZZI, 2006. "Supplementary Insurance with 'ex post' moral hazard: efficiency and redistribution," Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, ENSAE, issue 83-84, pages 295-325.
  3. Christian Keuschnigg & Evelyn Ribi, 2007. "Outsourcing, Unemployment and Welfare Policy," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2007 2007-41, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  4. Robin BOADWAY & Pierre PESTIEAU, 2006. "Tagging and redistributive taxation," Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, ENSAE, issue 83-84, pages 123-147.
  5. Anil Duman, 2010. "Risks in the labor market and social insurance preferences: Germany and the USA," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(2), pages 150-164, January.
  6. Kifmann, Mathias & Roeder, Kerstin, 2011. "Premium subsidies and social insurance: Substitutes or complements?," hche Research Papers 2011/01, Hamburg Center for Health Economics (hche), University of Hamburg.
  7. CREMER, Helmuth & PESTIEAU, Pierre, . "Assurance privée et protection sociale," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1832, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  8. Billy Jack, 2003. "Redistributing to the sick: How should health expenditures be integrated into the tax system?," Working Papers gueconwpa~03-03-16, Georgetown University, Department of Economics.
  9. Susanna Kochskämper, 2012. "Reformdebatten in der Krankenversicherung vor dem Hintergrund des europäischen Binnenmarktes," Otto-Wolff-Institut Discussion Paper Series 02/2012, Otto-Wolff-Institut für Wirtschaftsordnung, Köln, Deutschland.
  10. Stéphanie Maillot-Bugnon, 2005. "Assurance maladie et redistribution : le cas de l'arrêt maladie," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 71(4), pages 427-443.

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