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The incidence of UK housing benefit: evidence from the 1990s reforms

Gibbons, Stephen and Manning, Alan (2003) The incidence of UK housing benefit: evidence from the 1990s reforms. CEPDP, 597. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016753

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Abstract

Housing Benefit (HB) in the UK subsidizes the rent of tenants in both the private and public sectors. Its share in total welfare benefits has risen markedly through time and there is widespread dissatisfaction with it. But, reform has been very slow. One important issue is the extent to which the incidence of HB is actually on the tenants. Exploiting two data sets from the mid-1990s when the subsidy regime changed for some tenants but not for others, this paper explores the incidence. We find that some of the incidence is on landlords though our two data sets differ in the extent to which this is true. We also find evidence in support of a ¿matching¿ model of the rental market rather tha n a perfectly competitive one.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2003 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R3 - Production Analysis and Firm Location > R31 - Housing Supply and Markets
H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H22 - Incidence
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 597
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008 10:45
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20011/

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