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The Growing Role of Private Social Benefits


  • Willem Adema
  • Marcel Einerhand


This paper contains a first analysis of trends in private social benefits within a comparative framework. There is growing interest in the role of the private sector in the provision of social support in the light of concerns about the high level of public social spending. However, up to now, methodological and measurement problems have hampered the collection of cross-country data on private social benefits.The paper develops an appropriate methodological framework for treating this issue. It presents data on private social benefits for six countries for which such data are currently available: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.Information on trends in public and private social expenditure is drawn together and the pape discusses in more detail spending patterns in two social policy areas where private provision plays an important role: pensions and health.Finally, the impact of the tax system is analysed, and for one year ... Cette étude fournit une première analyse des tendances de dépense sociale à caractère privé dans un cadre comparatif. Il existe un intérêt grandissant pour le rôle du secteur privé dans la fourniture d’un soutien social compte tenu du niveau élevé des dépenses sociales publiques. Toutefois, jusqu’à présent les problèmes de mesure et de méthodologie ont gêné la collecte des données internationales sur les dépenses sociales privées.Ce document présente un cadre méthodologique approprié pour traiter ce sujet. Il donne des données sur les prestations sociales privées pour six pays pour lesquels de telles données sont actuellement disponibles : Allemagne, Danemark, Etats-Unis, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, et Suède.Ce document fournit des informations sur les tendances des dépenses sociales privées et publiques. Il permet en outre d’examiner en détail les typologies de dépenses dans les deux domaines où la prestation privée joue un rôle important : pensions et santé.Enfin, l’incidence du système ...

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  • Willem Adema & Marcel Einerhand, 1998. "The Growing Role of Private Social Benefits," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 32, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:32-en

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    1. Pearson, Mark & Martin, John P., 2005. "Should We Extend the Role of Private Social Expenditure?," IZA Discussion Papers 1544, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Kemmerling, Achim, 2001. "Die Messung des Sozialstaates: Beschäftigungspolitische Unterschiede zwischen Brutto- und Nettosozialleistungsquote," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment FS I 01-201, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
    3. Disney, Richard & Whitehouse, Edward, 2001. "Cross-country comparisons of pensioners’ incomes," MPRA Paper 16345, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin, 2002. "Betriebliche Sozialpolitik oder mehr Staat? Das Modell USA revisited," Working papers of the ZeS 12/2002, University of Bremen, Centre for Social Policy Research (ZeS).
    5. Alber, Jens, 2009. "What the European and American welfare states have in common and where they differ: Facts and fiction in comparisons of the European social model and the United States," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Inequality and Social Integration SP I 2009-203, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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