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Social Insurance and Redistribution

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  • Robin Boadway

    () (Department of Economics, Queen's University)

  • Manuel Leite-Monteiro

    (Universidade Cat´olica Portuguesa)

  • Maurice Marchand

    (CORE, Universit´e catholique de Louvain)

  • Pierre Pestieau

    (CREPP, Universit´e de Li`ege, COREand DELTA)

Abstract

This paper studies optimal linear income taxation and redistributive social insurance when the former has the traditional labor distortion and the latter generates both ex ante and ex post moral hazard. Private insurance is available and individuals differ in labor productivity and in loss probability. We show that government intervention in insurance markets is welfare-improving, and social insurance is generally desirable when there is a negative correlation between labor productivity and loss probability.

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  • Robin Boadway & Manuel Leite-Monteiro & Maurice Marchand & Pierre Pestieau, 2002. "Social Insurance and Redistribution," Working Papers 1004, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Cremer, Helmuth & Roeder, Kerstin, 2017. "Social insurance with competitive insurance markets and risk misperception," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 146(C), pages 138-147.
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    Keywords

    Social Insurance; Moral Hazard; Redistribution;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health

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