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Simulating the Reform of Means-tested Benefits with Endogenous Take-up and Claim Costs

  • Stephen Pudney
  • Ruth Hancock
  • Holly Sutherland

Microsimulation models are commonly used to examine the distributional impact of reforms of the means-tested benefit system. Take-up behaviour is related to the level of entitlement, so reform may induce changes in take-up. We develop a stochastic simulation method and apply it to a probit model of 'income support' take-up by the UK pensioners. The method allows us to adjust net income for the welfare losses because of tangible or intangible claim costs. Endogenous take-up and claim costs both have an important impact on the simulated outcomes of the policy reform. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 68 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 135-166

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