Reduction of Child Poverty in Serbia: Improved Cash-Transfers or Higher Work Incentives for Parents?

47 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018 Last revised: 16 Jul 2018

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Nicholas-James Clavet

Laval University, Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Département d'Économique

Luca Tiberti

Université Laval

Marko Vladisavljevic

IEN; FREN

Jelena Zarkovic Rakic

University of Belgrade

Aleksandra Anic

University of Belgrade

Gorana Krstic

Government of Serbia - Federal Bureau of Statistics

Sasa Randjelovic

University of Belgrade

Date Written: Junuary 01, 2017

Abstract

Based on the 2013 Serbian Survey of Income and Living Conditions (SILC) and on the Serbian version of the EUROMOD platform, we evaluate the poverty and distributive effects on children of various reform (benefit and employment) strategies concerning the two major social benefit programs in Serbia: child allowance and social monetary assistance. Both the first and second-order effects of the proposed reforms are considered. For the second-round impacts, a structural labour supply model on parents has been estimated. Our results show that a benefit strategy (which also combats fiscal evasion) is preferred to an employment strategy which aims at raising the work incentives by parents.

Keywords: Child Poverty, Tax and Benefit Reforms, Labour Supply, Serbia

JEL Classification: J22, J13, J18

Suggested Citation

Clavet, Nicholas-James and Tiberti, Luca and Vladisavljevic, Marko and Zarkovic Rakic, Jelena and Anic, Aleksandra and Krstic, Gorana and Randjelovic, Sasa, Reduction of Child Poverty in Serbia: Improved Cash-Transfers or Higher Work Incentives for Parents? (Junuary 01, 2017). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2017-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3164277 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3164277

Nicholas-James Clavet

Laval University, Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Département d'Économique ( email )

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Luca Tiberti (Contact Author)

Université Laval ( email )

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Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
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Marko Vladisavljevic

IEN ( email )

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Belgrade, 11000
Serbia

FREN ( email )

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Belgrade, 11000
Serbia

Jelena Zarkovic Rakic

University of Belgrade ( email )

Studentski trg 1
Belgrade, 11000
Serbia

Aleksandra Anic

University of Belgrade ( email )

Studentski trg 1
Belgrade, 11000
Serbia

Gorana Krstic

Government of Serbia - Federal Bureau of Statistics

Belgrade
Republic of Serbia

Sasa Randjelovic

University of Belgrade ( email )

Studentski trg 1
Belgrade, 11000
Serbia

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