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Welfare to Work

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  • Giancarlo Corsetti
  • John Flemming
  • Seppo Honkapohja
  • Willi Leibfritz
  • Gilles Saint-Paul
  • Hans-Werner Sinn
  • Xavier Vives

Abstract

This chapter argues that traditional social programmes of the modern welfare state have concentrated on replacing the earnings which are not enjoyed by those without jobs.This offers an incentive to those capable of earning only very low wages to qualify for (higher) benefits by declining jobs which, as a result, are also not offered. An alternative is developed, already implemented in varying degrees in a number of countries, in which tax credits are used to supplement the wages available to low productivity workers – whose benefits when not in work may also be reduced after a period of joblessness. Traditional social insurance schemes used also to offer higher benefits for limited periods and this feature, too, should be reemphasised. A fairly detailed proposal is put forward on a basis which should allow the living standards of both the working and most of the non-working poor to rise at no net cost to governments while raising employment output and growth. In essence, it implies requiring government work in exchange for existing welfare benefits, cutting welfare benefits for those who do not work although they are classified as being able to, and paying a wage subsidy to those who take low-paid jobs in the private sector. Finally,

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Article provided by CESifo Group Munich in its journal EEAG Report on the European Economy.

Volume (Year): (2002)
Issue (Month): (04)
Pages: 71-86

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Handle: RePEc:ces:eeagre:v::y:2002:i::p:71-86

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  1. Richard Blundell & Alan Duncan & Julian McCrae & Costas Meghir, 2000. "The labour market impact of the working families’ tax credit," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 21(1), pages 75-103, March.
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  1. Michael Berlemann & Marcel Thum, 2005. "Blooming landscapes in East Germany?," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 6(4), pages 16-22, December.
  2. Georges de Ménil, 2004. "EU-Erweiterung: Herausforderung durch die Zuwanderung aus den neuen Mitgliedsländern," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 57(14), pages 15-19, 07.
  3. Lars Calmfors & Giancarlo Corsetti & Seppo Honkapohja & John Kay & Willi Leibfritz & Gilles Saint-Paul & Hans-Werner Sinn & Xavier Vives, 2004. "Labour Market Reform in Europe," EEAG Report on the European Economy, CESifo Group Munich, vol. 0, pages 49-60, October.
  4. Lars Calmfors, 2004. "Activation versus Other Employment Policies – Lessons for Germany," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(2), pages 35-42, October.
  5. Hans-Werner Sinn & Christian Holzner & Wolfgang Meister & Wolfgang Ochel & Martin Werding, 2006. "Aktivierende Sozialhilfe 2006 - das Kombilohn-Modell des ifo Instituts," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 59(02), pages 06-27, 01.
  6. Wolfgang Ochel, 2005. "Hartz IV – Welfare to Work in Germany," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 3(2), pages 18-25, 07.
  7. Georges de Menil, 2004. "Enlargement: The Challenge of Migration from the New Member States," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(3), pages 36-41, 09.

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