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Welfare type and income inequality: an income source decomposition including in‑kind benefits and cash‑transfers entitlement

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dc.contributor.author Giangregorio, Luca
dc.date.accessioned 2024-01-09T07:22:44Z
dc.date.available 2024-01-09T07:22:44Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Giangregorio L. Welfare type and income inequality: an income source decomposition including in‑kind benefits and cash‑transfers entitlement. Int Tax Public Financ. 2024;31:367-403. DOI: 10.1007/s10797-022-09772-8
dc.identifier.issn 0927-5940
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/58646
dc.description.abstract This paper aims to understand whether a shift towards a more balanced cash transfer and service-based welfare system is valuable in terms of reducing income inequality and what factors mostly contribute to the income inequality evolution. To examine this, I first impute the monetary values of in-kind benefits and then reassess Gini coefficients across countries and welfare regimes. I also compare the role of cash transfers by functions and, more importantly, by how they are allocated. By means of factor source decomposition, the elasticities confirm wages as being the income source that creates most inequalities, while taxes play the most equalising role together with cash transfers. However, universal services such as healthcare and compulsory education outperform most of the cash transfers included in the analysis, with a stronger effect in the Mediterranean countries. Although in-kind services play a marginal role in explaining the changes in the Gini coefficient between 2008 and 2017, results suggest that a coordinated view of cash transfers and public services, as well as increasing the share of non-contributory means tested transfers, can reduce income inequality in all welfare regimes.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof International Tax and Public Finance. 2024;31:367-403.
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dc.title Welfare type and income inequality: an income source decomposition including in‑kind benefits and cash‑transfers entitlement
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dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10797-022-09772-8
dc.subject.keyword Cash transfers
dc.subject.keyword Income inequality
dc.subject.keyword Inequality measurement
dc.subject.keyword In-kind benefts
dc.subject.keyword Welfare provision
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