Social Harmony at the Boundaries of the Welfare State: Immigrants and Social Transfers
AbstractThe social contract of the welfare state can be strained by the arrival of immigrants who receive welfare payments financed by citizens’ taxes. We show, however, that the presence of unemployed immigrants receiving welfare payments is consistent with social harmony. The social harmony, which is a consequence of a view of unemployment as a labor-market discipline, contrasts with the social conflict predicted by Karl Marx when he proposed his earlier version of the same explanation for unemployment. We demonstrate that a socially harmonious policy is always feasible. Outcomes without social harmony can therefore always be suitably amended.
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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2003, 87 (7-8), 1641-1655
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- Epstein, Gil S & Hillman, Arye L., 2000. "Social Harmony At The Boundaries Of The Welfare State: Immigrants And Social Transfers," CEPR Discussion Papers 2414, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
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