Allocation for Services and Equity
Author: Gideon Fishelson
April 04, 1986
Resources are allocated for social services in two major ways: transfer payments and services in kind. The former consist of monetary payments to eligibles, for whom they are part of income.
The “family” of services in kind embraces education, health, personal services and other budget expenditures. Appraisal of consumption of services in kind proves problematic when the consumers belong to different income, age, occupation and education brackets.
Nevertheless, such an appraisal and its quantification across all social services provided by the government or other public bodies is essential for an understand of economic inequity and, of course, inequity in economic welfare.
This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Changing Social Policy: Israel 1985-1986, and is available upon request.