Labour Supply and Inequality Effects of In-Work Benefits: Evidence from Serbia

Ranđelović, Saša and Žarković Rakić, Jelena and Vladisavljević, Marko and Vujić, Sunčica (2019) Labour Supply and Inequality Effects of In-Work Benefits: Evidence from Serbia. Naše gospodarstvo: revija za aktualna ekonomska in poslovna vprašanja, 65 (3). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2385-8052

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Low labour market participation, together with the high effective tax wedge at low wage levels, create a fertile ground for the introduction of the in-work benefits (IWB) in Serbia. Our paper provides an ex-ante evaluation of the two IWB schemes, directed at stimulating the labour supply and more equal income distribution. The methodological approach combines the tax-and-benefit microsimulation model with the discrete labour supply model. Our results show that both individual and family-based IWB schemes would considerably boost labour market participation, although family-based benefits would have disincentivizing effects for the secondary earners in couples. Most of the behavioural changes take place among the poorest individuals, with significant redistributive effects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COBISS.ID=512583522
Uncontrolled Keywords: in-work benefits, labour supply, inequality, discrete choice model, microsimulation
Research Department: Welfare Economics
Depositing User: Jelena Banovic
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2019 15:40
Last Modified: 03 May 2020 21:27

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