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Costs and Benefits of In-Kind Transfers: The Case of Medicaid Home Care Benefits
Ethan Lieber and Lee Lockwood
WP 2013-294

  • In-kind provision of home care benefits significantly distorts the use of formal and informal care.
  • In-kind provision significantly improves program targeting.
  • In-kind provision appears to have little effect on tax system efficiency and moral hazard in the context of the Samaritan's Dilemma.
  • The measurable benefits of in-kind provision appear to be of a similar size to the consumption distortion cost.

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