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The Welfare State and Economic Performance

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Analyzes claims that tax costs associated with social welfare transfers depress economic performance. Examines aggregate cross-country empirical evidence against the welfare state, and finds that these studies lack theoretical framework.

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  • Atkinson, Anthony B., 1995. "The Welfare State and Economic Performance," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 48(2), pages 171-198, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:48:y:1995:i:2:p:171-98
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