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The Redistributive Impact of Alternative Income Maintenance Schemes: A Microsimulation Study using Swiss Data

  • Abul Naga Ramses
  • Kolodziejczyk Christophe
  • Muller Tobias

Taking a benchmark scenario, the current situation in Switzerland, and using a microsimulation technique, we compare the effectiveness of various income maintenance schemes for reducing inequality and poverty. A full negative income tax allowance designed to eliminate poverty, is shown to reduce income inequality most drastically. An integrated federal linear tax rate of 62% is required to make it viable. Aggregate work hours are reduced by approximately 10% and average disposable income falls by 9.3% under such circumstances. A participation income restricted to adults in employment and covering 50% of subsistence costs is however shown to result in an unambiguous social welfare improvement over the current situation in Switzerland.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economie et Econométrie, Université de Genève in its series Research Papers by the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva with number 2007.03.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:gen:geneem:2007.03
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