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Constitutional Commitment to Social Security and Welfare Policy


  • Ben-Bassat Avi


  • Dahan Momi



In this paper we construct an index of constitutional commitment to social security (CCSS) in seven areas: Old Age, Survivors, Disability, Unemployment, Sickness, Work Injury, and Income Support. We have found a positive connection between our measure of constitutional commitment to social security and the extent and coverage of actual measures of social security laws. The constitutional text of each nation seems to play a role in explaining the large variations in welfare state coverage around the world.

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  • Ben-Bassat Avi & Dahan Momi, 2016. "Constitutional Commitment to Social Security and Welfare Policy," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 12(1), pages 165-201, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rlecon:v:12:y:2016:i:1:p:165-201:n:3

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    1. Katarzyna Metelska-Szaniawska, 2016. "Post-Socialist Constitutions: The De Jure - De Facto Gap, Its Effects and Determinants," Working Papers 2016-21, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
    2. Katarzyna Metelska-Szaniawska & Anna Lewczuk, 2019. "Constitutional Overperformance – An Empirical Study of De Facto Protection of Rights with No De Jure Equivalents," Working Papers 2019-08, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.

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