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Quantitative evidence on the welfare effects of home sector fiscal policy

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A home production model that explicitly accounts for taxes and public expenditures on day-care and elder-care, substitutes for work households perform at home, is used to evaluate the welfare implications of alternative public expenditure policies. Both subsidy and workfare policies are welfare improving relative to a model where tax revenues are rebated lump sum. The welfare gains from optimal home sector policy design can be large.

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  • Ragan, Kelly S., 2013. "Quantitative evidence on the welfare effects of home sector fiscal policy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(2), pages 400-403.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:2:p:400-403
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.11.030
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    1. Gómez, Manuel A., 2016. "Are taxes a good predictor of time use patterns? Examining the role of some key elasticities," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 394-400.

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    Keywords

    Home production; Public expenditures; Subsidy; Workfare;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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