Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62491
Authors: 
Faber, Riemer P.
Koning, Pierre
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6712
Abstract: 
This paper studies a conditional block grant that Dutch municipalities receive for welfare-to-work programs. Many municipalities do not fully use this grant, although programs are beneficial for them. We argue that municipalities incur expenses to use the grant. If these costs are substantial, then it is optimal not to fully use the grant. Based on municipality-specific data on grants and actual expenditures, we estimate that municipalities have to add about 90 cents from their own resources to spend 1 euro of the grant. As a result, the conditional block grant is de facto a closed-ended matching grant.
Subjects: 
intergovernmental grants
conditional block grants
welfare-to-work programs
JEL: 
H77
H20
H71
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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