De Donder, Philippe and Peluso, Eugenio (2014) Politically Sustainable Probabilistic Minority Targeting. TSE Working Paper, n. 14-509

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We show that a transfer targeting a minority of the population is sustained by majority voting, however small the minority targeted, when the probability to receive the transfer is decreasing and concave in income. We apply our framework to the French social housing program and obtain that empirically observed departures from these assumptions are small enough that a majority of French voters should support a positive size of this program. We also provide a su¢ cient condition on this probability function under which more targeting results in a lower equilibrium size of the transfer system.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: 18 July 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paradox of redistribution, A program for the poor is a poor program, majority voting, social housing in France
JEL Classification: D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes - Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
H53 - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 14:49
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:49
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