Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/113345
Authors: 
Brewer, Mike
De Agostini, Paola
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
EUROMOD Working Paper EM3/15
Abstract: 
This paper examines the likely impact of Universal Credit on the incomes and work incentives of single parent families. Using the UK module of EUROMOD (version F6.20), we also simulate how single parents' household income, and their work incentives, would change following adjustments to the universal credit structure. We examine four main alternative scenarios: 1) reducing the overall universal credit taper rate from 65% to 55%; 2) Increasing the basic (standard) allowances in universal credit for single parents; 3) Increasing the earnings disregard in universal credit for single parents and 4) Increasing the income tax threshold for the basic tax rate. We also examine the impact on single parents of an increase in the minimum wage. Finally, we examine the impact on the Exchequer of a five percentage point increase in the single parent employment rate, in terms of benefits saved and taxes paid.
Subjects: 
microsimulation
income distribution
universal credit
single parents
work incentives
JEL: 
C15
H24
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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