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Improving the Performance of the European Social Model - The Welfare State over the Life Cycle

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  • Lindbeck, Assar

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

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The achievements of social-welfare arrangements in Western Europe are well known: considerable income security, relatively little poverty and, in some countries, ample supply of social services. But there are also well-known weaknesses and hence considerable scope for improvement. Three types of weaknesses are considered in this paper: social-welfare arrangements are often not financially robust to shocks; individuals make undesirable behavioural adjustments in response to welfare-state arrangements and their financing; and social-welfare arrangements are often poorly adapted to recent changes in socio-economic conditions and preferences of individuals. I discuss these weaknesses, and alternative methods to mitigate them, in the context of various types of welfare-state arrangements that the individual may encounter over the life cycle.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 587.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0587

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Keywords: Social Policies; Welfare State; Labour Market; Family Structure; Preferences;

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