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The Efficiency of Race- and Gender-Targeted Income Transfers

In this article, the authors quantify the potential efficiency gains from moving toward an income redistribution system that bases transfers on membership in demographic groups such as race and gender. They compute four measures of the marginal efficiency cost (MEC) of redistribution under a standard linear income tax and under a policy that tags specific demographic groups. The authors find that a tagging system can significantly lower the MEC of redistribution. At the margin, a system of tagging demographic groups achieves the goal of greater income equality at a significantly lower cost in terms of lost output.

Publication Information
Article Title: The Efficiency of Race- and Gender-Targeted Income Transfers
Journal: Public Finance Review (Sep, 2003)
v. 31 iss. 5 pp. 455-486
Author(s): Cushing, Matthew J;  McGarvey, Mary G
Researcher Information
    
Cushing, Matthew J
Cushing, Matthew J
Professor of Economics
Expertise:
  • Labor Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
Economics
CoB 525 U
P.O. Box 880489
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2323
Fax: (402) 472-9700
mcushing1@unl.edu
McGarvey, Mary G
McGarvey, Mary G
Associate Professor of Economics
Expertise:
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Economics of Obesity
  • Labor Markets
Economics
CoB 525 P
P.O. Box 880489
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489, USA
Phone: (402) 472-9415
mmcgarvey1@unl.edu