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Abstract:

DARP Paper
On the Performance of Social Benefit Systems
Christian Schluter
April 1997
Paper No' DARP 028:
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Tags: unemployment insurance; pay-roll taxation; poverty; inequality; welfare

The paper analyses the performance of unemployment benefit systems in a search-theoretic framework. The criteria of evaluation comprise the alleviation of poverty and the reduction in income inequality, whilst the diversity of opinions about these is taken into account. Also, the trade-off between the attainment of social objectives and work incentives is examined.