Journal article

Evaluation of policy options to encourage welfare to work

Hielke Buddelmeyer, John Freebairn, Guyonne Kalb

AUSTRALIAN ECONOMIC REVIEW | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

This article compares five alternative policy options with the January 2006 tax and social security system. Each option is designed to cost a similar amount of approximately $5 billion per year to the government at the observed level of labour supply. The five options include reducing the lowest income tax rate, increasing the tax-free threshold, increasing the low income tax offset, decreasing all taper rates on own and partner's incomes for a number of allowances, and introducing an earned income tax credit. The criteria for comparison are the labour supply responses, the expected budgetary cost to the government after taking into account labour supply responses, the number of winners ..

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