The Desirability of Workfare as a Welfare Ordea Revisited

30 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2010

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Tomer Blumkin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Yoram Y. Margalioth

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

Efraim Sadka

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

In this paper we challenge the conventional wisdom that using workfare as a supplementary screening device to means-testing is socially undesirable when the government objective is welfarist, namely, to ensure that all members of society will attain some minimal level of utility. Our argument suggests that when misreporting of income by welfare claimants is sufficiently manifest, introducing work requirements for welfare eligibility economizes on government expenditure and is socially desirable.

Keywords: workfare, welfare, means-testing, misreporting, utility maintenance

JEL Classification: D6, H2, H5

Suggested Citation

Blumkin, Tomer and Margalioth, Yoram Y. and Sadka, Efraim, The Desirability of Workfare as a Welfare Ordea Revisited. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5130. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1663170

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Efraim Sadka

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