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Assessing Welfare Accounts

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  • Fölster, Stefan

    ()
    (Confederation of Swedish Enterprise)

  • Gidehag, Robert

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    (affiliation not available)

  • Orszag, Mike

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    (Towers Watson)

  • Snower, Dennis J.

    ()
    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

Abstract

The paper examines the possible effects of introducing a large-scale welfare reform in Sweden, namely, the introduction of comprehensive welfare accounts. Under this policy, individuals make mandatory contributions to accounts, which they can top up with voluntary contributions. In return, individuals’ welfare benefits are paid from their accounts. The paper uses a large panel of individual income data to examine how the adoption of universal welfare accounts may affect economic activity. We find that this policy could be designed so as to reduce social insurance expenditure considerably, improve the incentives to work and save, all with relatively small redistributive impact.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 533.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2002
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Publication status: published in: Torben Andersen and Per Molander (eds,): Alternatives for Welfare Policy: Coping with Internationalisation and Demographic Change, Cambridge, 2003, 255 - 275
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp533

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Keywords: welfare state benefits; welfare reform; welfare accounts; social insurance; taxes;

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  1. Orszag, Mike & Snower, Dennis J., 2002. "From Unemployment Benefits to Unemployment Accounts," IZA Discussion Papers 532, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Martin Feldstein & Daniel Altman, 1998. "Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts," NBER Working Papers 6860, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. A. Lans Bovenberg & Peter Birch Sørensen, 2004. "Improving the Equity-Efficiency Trade-Off: Mandatory Savings Accounts for Social Insurance," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 507-529, 08.
  2. Kugler, Adriana D., 2005. "Wage-shifting effects of severance payments savings accounts in Colombia," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(2-3), pages 487-500, February.
  3. Lans Bovenberg & Peter Birch Sørensen, 2006. "Optimal Taxation and Social Insurance ina Lifetime Perspective," CESifo Working Paper Series 1690, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. A. Bovenberg, 2005. "Balancing Work and Family Life during the Life Course," De Economist, Springer, vol. 153(4), pages 399-423, December.
  5. Ruud de Mooij, 2004. "Towards efficient unemployment insurance in the Netherlands," CPB Memorandum 100, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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