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Constitutional Commitment to Social Security and Welfare Policy

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  • Avi Ben-Bassat
  • Momi Dahan

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In this paper we explore whether the constitutional text has any practical meaning for welfare policy. To examine the empirical importance of the constitution, we first constructed for 68 countries an index of constitutional commitment to social security in five areas: Old Age, disability and survivors (OASDI), Unemployment, Sickness, Work Injury and Income Support. We find that the extent and coverage of social security laws is not sensitive to the degree of constitutional commitment to social security.

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Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c011_011.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c011_011

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Keywords: Welfare Policy; Social Security; Constitution; Legal Origins;

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  1. Edward L. Glaeser & Andrei Shleifer, 2001. "Legal Origins," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1920, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
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