Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91507
Authors: 
O'Dea, Cormac
Preston, Ian
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers W12/06
Abstract: 
Public spending in the UK in 2008/9 amounted to over £10,000 per person or about 43% of national income (Crawford, Emmerson and Tetlow 2009) while net receipts from tax and social security contributions exceeded £8,000 per person or about 35% of national income. These transfers of resources between individuals and the state, either as cash payments or as supply of goods, affect individual standards of living and do so in ways that differ markedly between different households. Assessing the impact of government activity on the distribution of household living standards is essential to the evaluation of public service provision but raises challenging conceptual issues that we discuss in this report.
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Working Paper

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