In-work transfers in good times and bad - simulations for Ireland

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Title: In-work transfers in good times and bad - simulations for Ireland
Authors: Bargain, Olivier
Doorley, Karina
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2628
Date: Dec-2009
Abstract: In-work transfers are often seen as a good trade-off between redistribution and efficiency, as they alleviate poverty among low-wage households while increasing Â…nancial incentives to work. The present study explores the consequences of extending these transfers in Ireland, where support for low-wage households has been of limited scope. The employment and poverty effects of alternative policies are analyzed thanks to counterfactual simulations built using a micro-simulation model, the Living in Ireland Survey 2001 and labour supply estimations. Firstly, we study the effect of recent extensions of the existing scheme, the Family Income Supplement (FIS), and of its replacement by the refundable tax credit in force in the UK. Secondly, little is known about the impact of macro-level changes on the distribution of resources at the household level, which is particularly relevant in a country deeply affected by the current economic downturn. We suggest a preliminary analysis of the capacity of alternative in-work transfer scenarios to cushion the negative impact of earnings losses and cuts in the minimum wage.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP 09 30
Keywords: MicrosimulationWorking poorLabour supplyTake- up
Subject LCSH: Statistical matching
Working poor--Ireland
Labor supply--Ireland
Households--Economic aspects--Ireland
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/wp09.30.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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