Shroder, Mark (2010): Housing Subsidies and Work Incentives. Forthcoming in: International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
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Low-income housing assistance is part of the welfare state of all developed countries. The rest of the welfare state may cause work disincentives. In theory, housing assistance may also do so, but those disincentives may be blunted by its in-kind character and the way it is rationed. Rationing and selection make the estimation difficult; the most rigorous evidence from the United States suggests a loss of 10 to 20 cents in earnings per dollar of assistance. Less rigorous evidence from Australia suggests negative impacts in public housing but not housing benefit, while in Scandinavia researchers have as yet found no long-term duration of dependency.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Housing Subsidies and Work Incentives|
|Keywords:||Housing Subsidies, Housing Assistance, Work Disincentives, Rationing, Selection, Comparative International|
|Subjects:||H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H20 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy ; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R29 - Other
|Depositing User:||Mark Shroder|
|Date Deposited:||23. Oct 2010 14:10|
|Last Modified:||02. May 2015 02:47|
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