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Modelling the Take-up of Means-tested Benefits: the Case of Housing Benefits in the United Kingdom


  • Blundell, Richard
  • Fry, Vanessa
  • Walker, Ian


Official estimates of housing benefit take-up rates suggest that up to two million families in the United Kingdom ma y not be receiving the help with their housing costs to which they ar e entitled. The authors' interest in the take-up of means tested bene fits is therefore motivated by two concerns. The first is the governm ent revenue implications of a change to benefit entitlement levels. T he second relates to the welfare of individuals who fail to claim the ir entitlement to benefit. In this paper, the authors investigate the relationship between the take-up of means-tested housing benefit, in dividual socioeconomic characteristics, and the level of entitlement. Copyright 1987 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Blundell, Richard & Fry, Vanessa & Walker, Ian, 1987. "Modelling the Take-up of Means-tested Benefits: the Case of Housing Benefits in the United Kingdom," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 98(390), pages 58-74, Supplemen.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:98:y:1987:i:390:p:58-74

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