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Social Insurance and Redistribution

  • Robin Boadway

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    (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)

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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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1004.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1004
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