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The Welfare State, Budgetary Pressure and Labour Market Shifts

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  • Atkinson, Anthony B

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Public debate about the welfare state in OECD countries has emphasized the need for reform to meet a twofold set of shocks: budgetary pressure and a labour market shift against unskilled workers. The aim of the paper is to set out a framework for examining the implications of these shocks for the optimal scale of social transfers and, in particular, the impact on different societies, distinguishing a restricted welfare state, labelled "the United States" and a more extensive welfare state, labelled "Continental Europe". Copyright 2000 by The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 102 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 445-62

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:102:y:2000:i:3:p:445-62

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  1. Ronald Schettkat, 2003. "Institutions in the Economic Fitness Landscape: What Impact Do Welfare State Institutions Have on Economic Performance?," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 1(2), pages 27-33, October.
  2. Jörg Lingens & Klaus Wälde, 2006. "Pareto-Improving Unemployment Policies," CESifo Working Paper Series 1807, CESifo Group Munich.

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