Employee-Based versus Employer-Based Subsidies to Low-Wage Workers : A Public Finance Perspective

  title={Employee-Based versus Employer-Based Subsidies to Low-Wage Workers : A Public Finance Perspective},
  author={Stacy Dickert-Conlin},
We revisit the relative merits of employee-based versus employer-based labor market subsidies. While conventional analyses stress the equivalence of these approaches, we find a modest preference for employee-based approaches. Because the population of low-wage workers overlaps, but is not identical to, the populations of low-skill or low-income workers, simple employer-based approaches are likely to be poorly targeted. Targeting may be improved by identification of eligible workers, but… CONTINUE READING

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