Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185977
Authors: 
Engler, Monika
Year of Publication: 
2011
Citation: 
[Journal:] Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics [ISSN:] 2235-6282 [Volume:] 147 [Year:] 2011 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 107-155
Abstract: 
Using the example of Switzerland, this paper examines the extent to which the state and the social security institutions change the income distribution. Two sets of questions are examined: (1) Who benefits from the public services, and who bears the public costs? (2) To what extent does an annual redistribution involve redistribution (a) across households with different lifetime income, and (b) across different phases of life within the same households? Budget incidence analyses and pseudo panel procedures allow to compare annual and lifetime household incomes that arise before and after transfers. The results suggest that public interventions induce substantial redistribution, which is due primarily, however, to income-smoothing transfers within households and not to redistribution across households.
Subjects: 
Budget Incidence Analysis
Redistribution
Lifetime Income Smoothing
Pseudo Panel Procedure
JEL: 
D31
D91
H22
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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