Beans for breakfast? How exportable is the British workfare model?

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Show simple item record Orsini, Kristian en Bargain, Olivier 2008-09-29T16:29:55Z 2008-09-29T16:29:55Z The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 2006 en 2006-03
dc.description.abstract Social assistance and inactivity traps have long been considered amongst the main causes of the poor employment performance of EU countries. The success of New Labour has triggered a growing interests in instruments capable of combining the promotion of responsibility and self-sufficiency with solidarity with less skilled workers. Making-work-pay (MWP) policies, consisting of transfers to households with low earning capacity, have quickly emerged as the most politically acceptable instruments in tax-benefit reforms of many Anglo Saxon countries. This chapter explores the impact of introducing the British Working Families' Tax Credit in three EU countries with rather different labor market and welfare institutions: Finland, France and Germany. Simulating the reform reveals that, while first round effects on income distribution is considerable, the interaction of the new instrument with the structural characteristics of the economy and the population may lead to counterproductive second round effects (i.e. changes in economic behavior). The implementation of the reform, in this case, could only be justified if the social inclusion (i.e. transition into activity) of some specific household types (singles and single mothers) is valued more than a rise in the employment per se. en
dc.description.sponsorship Improving Human Potential programme of the European Commission (SERD-2001-00099) en
dc.format.extent 4304 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IZA Discussion Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries No. 2025 en
dc.relation.hasversion Bargain, O. and Orsini, K. (2006)"Beans for breakfast? How exportable is the British workfare model?". In: Bargain, Olivier (ed.). Research in Labor Economics, volume 25.
dc.subject Tax-benefit systems en
dc.subject In-work benefits en
dc.subject Microsimulation en
dc.subject Household labor supply en
dc.subject.classification C25 en
dc.subject.classification C52 en
dc.subject.classification H31 en
dc.subject.classification J22 en
dc.subject.lcsh Taxation--Europe en
dc.subject.lcsh Labor supply--Europe en
dc.subject.lcsh Employment subsidies--Great Britain en
dc.title Beans for breakfast? How exportable is the British workfare model? en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl Olivier Bargain (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Email:; Tel: 353 1 716 8357 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0001 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Bargain|Olivier|aut|UCD0001
dc.neeo.contributor Orsini|Kristian|aut|

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