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Social Union, Convergence and Migration

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  • Sinn, Hans-Werner
  • Ochel, Wolfgang

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The forces of the market and systems competition bring about economic and social convergence in Europe, and there is no need for social policies at the EU level. Social harmonization would distort migration flows and slow down the speed of economic convergence. National welfare states will be threatened by the free migration of people in Europe. The race to the bottom is a serious risk. However, to contain this risk, neither harmonization of welfare payments nor constraints on migration are needed. The adoption of the principle of selectively delayed integration is a better alternative.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 948.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Common Market Studies 41(2003): pp. 869-896
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  1. Sinn, Hans-Werner, 2002. "EU Enlargement and the Future of the Welfare State," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 49(1), pages 104-15, February.
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  5. Hans-Werner Sinn & Frank Westermann, 2001. "Two Mezzogiornos," NBER Working Papers 8125, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  8. Giuseppe Bertola & Pietro Garibaldi, 2003. "The Structure and History of Italian Unemployment," CESifo Working Paper Series 907, CESifo Group Munich.
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  1. Hans-Werner Sinn, 2005. "Migration and Social Replacement Incomes: How to Protect Low-Income Workers in the Industrialized Countries Against the Forces of Globalization and Market Integration," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 375-393, August.
  2. Wolfgang Ochel, 2003. "National Institutional Systems in Global Competition and the Inertia of German Labour Market Institutions," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 1(4), pages 33-38, 02.
  3. Berthold, Norbert & Fricke, Holger & Kullas, Matthias, 2004. "Mehr institutioneller Wettbewerb in Deutschland: Wirksame Hilfe für die neuen Bundesländer," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 73, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.
  4. Kessler, Anke & Lessmann, Christian, 2010. "Interregional Redistribution and Regional Disparities: How Equalization Does (Not) Work," CEPR Discussion Papers 8133, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Vito Tanzi, 2005. "Social Protection in a Globalizing World," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 95(2), pages 25-46, March-Apr.
  6. Hans-Werner Sinn, 2006. "The Pathological Export Boom and the Bazaar Effect - How to Solve the German Puzzle," CESifo Working Paper Series 1708, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. Martin Kahanec, 2012. "Labor Mobility in an Enlarged European Union," Discussion Papers 2, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
  8. Francesco Farina & Fulvio Fontini, 2009. "Voting on the tax rate when attitude to risk depends on skill heterogeneity," Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID) University of Siena 0109, Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID), University of Siena.
  9. Berthold, Norbert & Neumann, Michael, 2006. "Europas Sozialstaaten im Schatten der Globalisierung," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 88, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.
  10. Georges de Ménil, 2004. "EU-Erweiterung: Herausforderung durch die Zuwanderung aus den neuen Mitgliedsländern," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 57(14), pages 15-19, 07.
  11. Tanja El-Cherkeh & Max Steinhardt & Thomas Straubhaar, 2006. "Did the European Free Movement of Persons and Residence Directive Change Migration Patterns within the EU? A First Glance," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 4(4), pages 14-20, 02.
  12. Schmidt, Peter, 2010. "Zu Migration und Strukturfonds im Binnenmarkt der EU
    [Migration and the Structural Funds in the Single European Market]
    ," MPRA Paper 23740, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  13. Lars Calmfors & Giancarlo Corsetti & Seppo Honkapohja & John Kay & Willi Leibfritz & Gilles Saint-Paul & Hans-Werner Sinn & Xavier Vives, 2004. "The 2004 Enlargement: Key Economic Issues," EEAG Report on the European Economy, CESifo Group Munich, vol. 0, pages 96-118, October.
  14. Georges de Menil, 2004. "Enlargement: The Challenge of Migration from the New Member States," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(3), pages 36-41, 09.

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