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Un bilan des études sur la Prime pour l'emploi

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  • Elena G. F. Stancanelli
  • Henri Sterdyniak

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This paper presents a critical discussion of the evaluation studies on the French tax credit programme, ?Prime Pour l?Emploi?, and proposes some possible reforms. The French tax credit was created in 2001 and reformed later on. Its purpose is twofold: to increase the take-home pay of the ?working poor? and to stimulate the employment of the low-skilled. The few evaluation studies available to date are based on simulation models. The incentives to work of the programme seem very small, although positive overall, while the redistribution effects are quite limited. Married women may be discouraged from work because of the means-testing of household resources. By construction, the tax credit only goes to individuals in work. A more attractive alternative would be either a wage-bonus for the low-paid or a Basic Income programme.

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  • Elena G. F. Stancanelli & Henri Sterdyniak, 2004. "Un bilan des études sur la Prime pour l'emploi," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 88(1), pages 17-41.
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    1. Elena Stancanelli, 2004. "Evaluating the impact of the French tax credit programme: a difference in difference model," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2004-07, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
    2. Stancanelli, Elena G.F., 2008. "Evaluating the impact of the French tax credit on the employment rate of women," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(10-11), pages 2036-2047, October.
    3. Ana Paula Ribeiro & Margarida Ruivo, 2007. "A case for including fiscal policies in the Eurostat Labour Market Policy database," CEF.UP Working Papers 0705, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
    4. Philippe Mongin, 2008. "Sur le revenu de solidarité active," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 118(4), pages 433-474.
    5. Bloemen, Hans & Stancanelli, Elena G. F., 2007. "A Model with Endogenous Programme Participation: Evaluating the Tax Credit in France," IZA Discussion Papers 2607, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    6. Luc Godbout & Matthieu Arseneau, 2005. "La prime au travail du Québec : Un véritable outil d'incitation au travail ou une simple façon de baisser l'impôt?," CIRANO Working Papers 2005s-01, CIRANO.

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