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Parental subsidies: The argument from insurance

Bou-Habib, P (2013) 'Parental subsidies: The argument from insurance.' Politics, Philosophy and Economics, 12 (2). 197 - 216. ISSN 1470-594X

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This article develops the argument that the state must provide parental subsidies if, and to the extent that, individuals would, under certain specified hypothetical conditions, purchase 'insurance cover' that would provide the funds they need for adequate childrearing. I argue that most citizens would sign up to an insurance scheme, in which they receive a guarantee of a means-tested parental subsidy in return for an obligation to pay a progressive income tax to fund the scheme. This argument from insurance bolsters the weaker case that proponents of parental subsidies might offer were they to rely exclusively on arguments from fair play and efficiency. © The Author(s) 2012.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 14:37
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 18:16

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