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Reforming Social Insurance in The Netherlands

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This paper discusses recent reforms of social insurance in the Netherlands. It describes how a serious economic crisis in the beginning of the 1980s set the stage for the subsequent reform process. The most fundamental reforms were introduced in the areas of sickness insurance, which was privatized, and disability insurance, which now involves experience rating. After exploring various challenges affecting the future of social protection, the paper discusses various remaining policy options. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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  • A. Bovenberg, 2000. "Reforming Social Insurance in The Netherlands," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 7(3), pages 345-368, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:7:y:2000:i:3:p:345-368
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1008745625848
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    1. Koen Caminada & Kees Goudswaard, 2001. "International Trends in Income Inequality and Social Policy," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 8(4), pages 395-415, August.
    2. Garcia-Gomez, Pilar & Gielen, Anne C., 2014. "Health Effects of Containing Moral Hazard: Evidence from Disability Insurance Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 8386, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Lex Borghans & Anne C. Gielen & Erzo F. P. Luttmer, 2014. "Social Support Substitution and the Earnings Rebound: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity in Disability Insurance Reform," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 6(4), pages 34-70, November.
    4. Pilar Garcia-Gomez & Anne C. Gielen, 2014. "Mortality Effects of Containing Moral Hazard: Evidence from Disability Insurance Reform," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 14-102/V, Tinbergen Institute, revised 26 Oct 2017.

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