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Removing the Veil of Ignorance in Assessing the Distributional Impacts of Social Policy

Carneiro, P; Hansen, K; Heckman, J; (2001) Removing the Veil of Ignorance in Assessing the Distributional Impacts of Social Policy. Swedish Economic Policy Review , 8 (1) pp. 273-301.

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Abstract

This paper summarizes our recent research on evaluating the distributional consequences of social programs. This research advances the economic policy evaluation literature beyond estimating assorted mean impacts to estimate distributions of outcomes generated by different policies and determine how those policies shift persons across the distributions of potential outcomes produced by them. Our approach enables analysts to evaluate the distributional effects of social programs without invoking the “Veil of Ignorance” assumption often used in the literature in applied welfare economics. Our methods determine which persons are affected by a given policy, where they come from in the ex-ante outcome distribution and what their gains are. We apply our methods to analyze two proposed policy reforms in American education. These reforms benefit the middle class and not the poor.

Type: Article
Title: Removing the Veil of Ignorance in Assessing the Distributional Impacts of Social Policy
Keywords: Counterfactual Distributions, Evaluation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/16149
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