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Conference Paper European Meeting of the Econometric Society

The Welfare Cost of Means-Testing: pensioner participation in income support

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21 Aug 2003

Abstract

We estimate parametric and semi-parametric binary choice models of benefit take-up by British pensioners and use a revealed preference argument to infer the cash-equivalent value of disutility arising from stigma or complexity of the claims process. These implicit costs turn out to be relatively small, averaging about £ 3-4 per week across Income Support recipients. Using the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke measure of poverty among pensioners, we find that allowing for implicit claim costs incurred by benefit recipients raises the measured degree of poverty by not more than 13%.


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  1. The welfare cost of means-testing: pensioner participation in income support

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  2. The welfare cost of means-testing: pensioner participation in income support

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    1. Pensions
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