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The dynamics of social assistance receipt: measurement and modelling issues, with an application to Britain

Cappellari, Lorenzo and Jenkins, Stephen P (2008) The dynamics of social assistance receipt: measurement and modelling issues, with an application to Britain. OECD social, employment and migration working papers , DELSA/ELSA/WD/SEM(2008)4. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France .

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Abstract

We model the dynamics of social assistance benefit receipt in Britain using data from the British Household Panel Survey, waves 1–15. First, we discuss definitions of social assistance benefit receipt, and present information about the trends between 1991 and 2005 in the receipt of social assistance benefits, and in annual rates of transition into and out of receipt. Second, we review potential multivariate modelling approaches especially the dynamic random effects probit models that are used in our empirical analysis and, third, discuss sample selection criteria and explanatory variables. Fourth, we present our regression estimation estimates and interpret them. The final section contains a summary of the substantive results, and highlights some lessons concerning application of the analysis for other countries and some methodological issues.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.oecd.org/els
Additional Information: © 2008 OECD
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Econometric Methods: Multiple; Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables; Endogenous Regressors > C33 - Models with Panel Data
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Econometric Methods: Multiple; Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables; Endogenous Regressors > C35 - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: DELSA/ELSA/WD/SEM(2008)4
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 15:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31968/

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