Social Welfare in Canada: The Case for Selectivity
Review, pp. 25-32, 1983
5 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 7, 2011
Universality and selectivity are amenable to a rather straightforward and non-value-laden definition. For our purposes, universality may be described as pertaining to aid programs where the benefits go to all persons, regardless of income. The amount of the benefits, moreover, is invariant with respect to income (or wealth). In contrast, selectivity may be defined as an aid program with a means test: whether a person is eligible or not and the amount of benefits to be received are determined by financial status.
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