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Faut-il attribuer le revenu de solidarité active à 18 ans ?


  • Mongin, Philippe



In 2009, France will replace its income maintenance scheme, "revenu minimum d'insertion", by a new one, revenu de solidarité active, which will improve the beneficiaries'incentives to work. While some have claimed that the reform should lower the current age limit to get the benefit, i.e., 25 years, except for a parent, the law has not changed it. This note states the pros and cons of putting a 18 years age limit and eventually concludes against it. On this specific issue, the cautious conservatism of the reform – one of its an overall features – appears to be supported by theoretical reasoning.

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  • Mongin, Philippe, 2008. "Faut-il attribuer le revenu de solidarité active à 18 ans ?," Les Cahiers de Recherche 911, HEC Paris.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0911

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    active solidarity income (revenu de solidarité active); minimum integration income (revenu minimum d'insertion); income maintenance schemes; universal basic grant; incentives; redistribution; poverty among the young;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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