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Publicly-provided Services and the Distribution of Resources


  • François Marical
  • Marco Mira d'Ercole
  • Maria Vaalavuo
  • Gerlinde Verbist


This report looks at the effects on the distribution of household income of those government-provided services that confer a personal benefit to users. While most of the comparative evidence of the size and evolution of income inequalities in OECD countries relies on the concept of household disposable income, integrating the effects of these government services is important for both conceptual and practical reasons: first, as the tax burden levied on households represent a deduction from their disposable income, it is important to account for the services which governments provide... Le présent rapport examine les effets sur la distribution du revenu des services assurés par les administrations publiques qui confèrent des avantages directs aux ménages qui en sont bénéficiaires. Alors que l’essentiel des données comparatives sur l’ampleur et l’évolution des inégalités de revenu dans les pays de l’OCDE se fonde sur le concept de revenu disponible des ménages, il est important de prendre en compte les services assurés par les administrations publiques pour des raisons aussi bien conceptuelles que pratiques : premièrement, parce qu’il est important, étant donné que la charge fiscale imposée aux ménages vient en déduction de leur revenu imposable, de tenir compte des services...

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  • François Marical & Marco Mira d'Ercole & Maria Vaalavuo & Gerlinde Verbist, 2006. "Publicly-provided Services and the Distribution of Resources," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 45, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:45-en

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    1. Guillaume Allègre & Thomas Melonio & Xavier Timbeau, 2012. "Dépenses publiques d'éducation et inégalités. Une perspective de cycle de vie," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 63(6), pages 1055-1079.
    2. Paulus, Alari & Sutherland, Holly & Tsakloglou, Panos, 2009. "The distributional impact of in kind public benefits in European countries," EUROMOD Working Papers EM10/09, EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty

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