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Work Requirements and Long Term Poverty

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  • Schroyen, F.
  • Torsvik, G.

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We evaluate the costs of three different programs for alleviating long term poverty: (i) workfare, or grants made contingent on a work requirement, (ii) universal welfare, or unconditional grants, and (iii) means-tested welfare, or grants conditioned on private labor market earnings. We identify the conditions under which each of these programs are cost efficient and compare them with the corresponding conditions for short term poverty alleviation.

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  • Schroyen, F. & Torsvik, G., 1999. "Work Requirements and Long Term Poverty," Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen 0899, Department of Economics, University of Bergen.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:bereco:0899
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    1. Jean-Jacques Laffont & Jean Tirole, 1993. "A Theory of Incentives in Procurement and Regulation," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262121743, January.
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    1. Lohse Tim, 2014. "The Objections against Workfare Revised," Review of Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 65(1), pages 95-118, April.

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    Keywords

    POVERTY ; PUBLIC EXPENDITURES ; SOCIAL WELFARE;

    JEL classification:

    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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