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Preferences for Specific Social Welfare Expenditure in Ireland

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  • Liam Delaney

    (Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

  • Francis O' Toole

    (Trinity College Dublin)

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Many papers examine general level preferences for redistribution. However, few papers examine preferences for specific forms of redistribution. This paper examines the decomposition of demand for three major categories of social welfare expenditure in Ireland: unemployment payments, old age pensions and child benefit. The determinants of preferences are found to be fairly consistent with a self-interested economics perspective with respect to the utilisation and financing of these three specific schemes. In addition, the split sampling procedure used in the nationwide survey indicated that the provision of information on the schemes’ costs did not have a significant effect on preferences.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200608.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 25 May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200608

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  1. Bénabou, Roland & Ok, Efe A, 1998. "Social Mobility and the Demand for Redistribution: the POUM Hypothesis," CEPR Discussion Papers 1955, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  4. Gordon Tarzwell, 2003. "The impact of diverse preferences on government expenditures," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(11), pages 695-698.
  5. Fong, Christina, 2001. "Social preferences, self-interest, and the demand for redistribution," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 82(2), pages 225-246, November.
  6. Liam Delaney & Francis O'Toole, 2007. "Decomposing demand for public expenditure in Ireland," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(15), pages 1091-1095.
  7. David de Vaus & Matthew Gray & David Stanton, 2004. "Measuring the value of unpaid household, caring and voluntary work of older Australians," Labor and Demography 0405006, EconWPA.
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  1. Abid Fourati, Yosr & O'Donoghue, Cathal, 2009. "Eliciting Individual Preferences for Pension Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 4479, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Time preference and perceptions about government spending and tax: Smokers’ dependence on government support," MPRA Paper 55659, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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