Immigration and Social Benefits in a Mediterranean Welfare State: The Case of Spain
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to explore the impact of immigration on the Spanish Welfare State nowadays. Using two different household surveys, both the reception of state cash transfers and the use of public health care insurance by nationals and immigrants are analysed. Controlling by observable socio-demographic characteristics, we find that immigrants receive fewer cash transfers than locals and do not exhibit a statistically significant higher use of health care services than nationals. The nature of the Spanish Welfare State compared to its European correlates and the age composition of the immigrant population, concentrated in active age, can help to explain these findings.
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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Immigration; Welfare State; Spain; cash transfers; health care;
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- NEP-ALL-2009-03-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-IAS-2009-03-14 (Insurance Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2009-03-14 (Economics of Human Migration)
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