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Preferences for Specific Social Welfare Expenditure in Ireland

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  • Liam Delaney

    (Geary Institute, University College Dublin)

  • Francis O' Toole

    (Trinity College Dublin)

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Many papers examine general level preferences for redistribution. However, few papers examine preferences for specific forms of redistribution. This paper examines the decomposition of demand for three major categories of social welfare expenditure in Ireland: unemployment payments, old age pensions and child benefit. The determinants of preferences are found to be fairly consistent with a self-interested economics perspective with respect to the utilisation and financing of these three specific schemes. In addition, the split sampling procedure used in the nationwide survey indicated that the provision of information on the schemes’ costs did not have a significant effect on preferences.

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  • Liam Delaney & Francis O' Toole, 2006. "Preferences for Specific Social Welfare Expenditure in Ireland," Working Papers 200608, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
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    1. Yosr Abid Fourati & Cathal O'Donoghue, 2009. "Eliciting Individual Preferences for Pension Reform," Working Papers 0150, National University of Ireland Galway, Department of Economics, revised 2009.
    2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Time preference and perceptions about government spending and tax: Smokers’ dependence on government support," MPRA Paper 55659, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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