ERIC Number: ED189214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Income Testing and Social Welfare.
Sadka, Efraim; And Others
The Federal government can meet its responsibility to ensure a certain minimum level of living for its citizens in two ways. An income-tested approach provides minimum standards of income, goods, and/or services for only the poor. A non-income-tested approach provides minimum standards for all citizens, regardless of income. This paper reports on research which compared income-tested and non-income-tested transfer programs. The wage and unearned income distribution data used in the study were taken from the 1976 Current Population Survey for heads of households. The study was conducted using simulated calculations. Although a general conclusion about the welfare superiority of one program over another could not be established, simulation results with plausible parameters suggest that non-income-testing is more often than not superior to income-testing. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.