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Efficiency and Equality in the Labour Market

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This paper discusses the costs and benefits of welfare state intervention in the labour market, and argues that many forms of intervention can be justified for efficiency reasons. The paper reviews recent evidence on income inequality and income mobility, and it discusses labour market reforms that may improve efficiency without violating European voters’ preference for equality.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2003:11.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 25 Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2003_0011
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