Self-Selection and Optimal In-Sind Transfers
With in-kind transfer self-selection schemes, agents choose between a set level of public provision or buy freely from the private market. Housing, education, and healthcare are often of this form. The optimal design of these schemes is analyzed here. It is shown that when a charge can be levied for the transfer, an optimal scheme will nearly always raise welfare, while freely provided transfers are unlikely to improve upon optimal linear taxation alone. Surprisingly, optimal schemes may involve high or medium income agents receiving public expenditure, while those on the lowest incomes opt out. Copyright 1992 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 102 (1992)
Issue (Month): 414 (September)
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