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Social Norms and Welfare State Dynamics

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  • Assar Lindbeck
  • Sten Nyberg
  • Jörg Weibull

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The paper analyses the interaction between economic incentives and work norms in the context of social insurance. If the work norm is endogenous in the sense that it is weaker when the population share of beneficiaries is higher, then voters will choose less generous bene.ts than otherwise. We also discuss welfare-state dynamics when there is a time lag in the adjustment of the norm in response to changes in this population share, and show how a temporary shift in the unemployment rate may cause persistence in the number of beneficiaries.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 931.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_931

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Keywords: welfare state; social norms; social insurance;

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  1. Besley, T. & Coate, S., 1990. "Understanding Welfare Stigma: Taxpayer Resentment And Statistical Discrimination," Papers 42, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Discussion Paper.
  2. Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis, 2000. "Reciprocity, Self-Interest and the Welfare State," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 26, pages 33-53.
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