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in-kind redistribution


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Redistribution that takes the form of the gift of commodities rather than cash. The benefit of in-kind redistribution is that it removes choice from the recipient and helps ensure that they consume the commodities. For example, the provision of food to the homeless ensures they eat whereas a gift of cash may be spent on commodities other than food. Underlying these observations are merit goods arguments.

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