Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26191
Authors: 
Anderberg, Dan
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2147
Abstract: 
This paper considers the potential impact of welfare benefits on the partnership status of women in the UK. Using recent policy reforms to identify the response rate I find that a £100/week welfare benefit “partnership penalty” reduces the probability of a woman having a partner by seven percentage points. I also use the model to explore the potential effects of the recent Tax Credit reforms on partnership rates; I find that while the 1999 WFTC reform improved partnership incentives this effect was effectively undone by the 2003 WTC/CTC reform.
Subjects: 
welfare benefits
tax credits
family structure
JEL: 
H31
I38
J12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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