nep-ltv New Economics Papers
on Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty
Issue of 2009‒08‒02
two papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
University of the Republic

  1. Social Mobility and Preferences for Income Redistribution: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment By Ilja Neustadt; Peter Zweifel
  2. Comparing the Performance of Faith-Based and Government Schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo By Backiny-Yetna, Prospere; Wodon, Quentin

  1. By: Ilja Neustadt (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich); Peter Zweifel (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)
    Abstract: In this paper, preferences for income redistribution are elicited through a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) performed in 2008. In addition to the amount of redistribution as a share of GDP, attributes also included its uses (working poor, unemployed, old age, families with children, ill health) and nationality of beneficiary (Swiss, Western European, other foreigners). Willingness to pay for redistribution increases with income and education, contradicting the conventional Meltzer-Richard (1981) model. The Prospect of Upward Mobility hypothesis [Hirschman and Rothschild (1973); Benabou and Ok (2001)] receives very partial empirical support.
    Keywords: Income redistribution, preferences, willingness to pay, discrete choice experiments, stated choice, economic well-being, social mobility
    JEL: C35 C93 D63 H29
    Date: 2009–07
  2. By: Backiny-Yetna, Prospere; Wodon, Quentin
    Abstract: This paper provides a comparative assessment of the market share, reach to the poor, and performance of faith-based and public schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo using data from the 2004-2005 "123" survey. More than two thirds of primary school students attend faith-based government-assisted schools. Both types of school cater to a similar population that is overwhelmingly poor. Faith-based schools perform slightly better at least in some dimensions than government schools, but the differences between the two types of schools are small and not statistically significant.
    Keywords: Primary education; faith-based; performance; poverty; Democratic Republic of Congo
    JEL: Z12 H11 I21 L33 H44
    Date: 2009–06

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