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The Survival of the Nordic Welfare State and Social Trust


  • Urs Steiner Brandt

    (Department of Environmental and Business Economy, University of Southern Denmark)

  • Gert Tinggaard Svendsen

    (Department of Political Science, Aarhus University)


Why does free riding not escalate in the universal Nordic welfare state? How is it possible to maintain such a cooperative equilibrium where most people tend to cooperate? Our model suggests that the “missing link” is the accumulated stock of cooperation norms in terms of social trust. Arguably, a sufficient number of norm enforcers facilitate this unique collective insurance system.

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  • Urs Steiner Brandt & Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, 2010. "The Survival of the Nordic Welfare State and Social Trust," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 36, pages 1-1.
  • Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:36:y:2010:p:1

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    • B22 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Macroeconomics


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