The Economic Effects of a Local Minimum Income Support Program

SERIES Working Paper No. 29

Posted: 30 May 2011

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Paolo Brunori

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA) - Faculty of Economics

Maria Concetta Chiuri

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); Università degli Studi di Bari

Vito Peragine

Università di Bari

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

Since Reddito Minimo d’Inserimento pilot experiment ended, a number of papers have attempted to study minimum income policies in Italy. Contributions have aimed at providing insight for possible future program implementations. In this paper we present a case study as an applied contribution to this debate. We analyze a minimum income support program implemented in a small town in the South of Italy, Mola di Bari, by using a new dataset which has been designed and collected for the purpose. With respect to the program, we describe the policy intervention and we analyze such issues as (i) the eligibility criteria, (ii) the targeting choices and results, (iii) the distributive and the welfare effect on the beneficiaries and on the overall town population (iv) the effect on the programs dependency, i.e do households involved in different programs leave the extreme poverty condition with a different probability?

Keywords: Minimum income, policy evaluation, poverty trap

JEL Classification: I38, J22, J08

Suggested Citation

Brunori, Paolo and Chiuri, Maria Concetta and Peragine, Vitorocco, The Economic Effects of a Local Minimum Income Support Program (December 1, 2009). SERIES Working Paper No. 29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1855673

Paolo Brunori (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (UNIBA) - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Bari, Taranto 70121
Italy

Maria Concetta Chiuri

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) ( email )

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Vitorocco Peragine

Università di Bari ( email )

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Bari, Taranto 70121
Italy

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