Welfare Fraud, Work Incentives and Income Support for the Unemployed

Bruce Bradbury
Recent years have seen an increasing prevalence in Australia of the view that many of those receiving unemployment benefit are 'cheating' the system, either by direct fraud, or by lack of willingness to find employment. This paper addresses these issues in three sections. First, via a review of available information on the work incentive effects of unemployment benefits; second, with an analysis of statistical trends which some commentators claim show evidence of increasing fraud; and...
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