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ERIC Number: EJ881411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
The Distributional Impact of In-Kind Public Benefits in European Countries
Paulus, Alari; Sutherland, Holly; Tsakloglou, Panos
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v29 n2 p243-266 Spr 2010
International comparisons of inequality based on measures of disposable income may not be valid if the size and incidence of publicly provided in-kind benefits differ across the countries considered. The benefits that are financed by taxation in one country may need to be purchased out of disposable income in another. We estimate the size and incidence of in-kind or "noncash" benefits from public housing subsidies, education, and health care for five European countries using comparable methods and data. Inequality in the augmented income measure is dramatically lower than in disposable income, with the effects of the three components varying in importance across countries. Adapting equivalence scales to take proper account of differences in needs for health care and education across population members reduces the scale of the effect, but does not eliminate it. (Contains 11 tables, 3 figures, and 15 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Germany; Greece; Italy; United Kingdom