We study opportunities for lowering the cost of welfare programs by exploiting heterogeneity in the unobservable tastes of welfare recipients. Relying on the inability of cash-based programs to achieve self-selection, we provide circumstances in which it is optimal to provide payments-in- kind. Our model differs from other self-selection models because we allow the recipients the opportunity to trade the subsequent to the receipt of their welfare packages. The presence of unreported cash among the recipient population is considered.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics