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The Growing Role of Private Social Benefits

  • Willem Adema
  • Marcel Einerhand
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    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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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers with number 32.

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    Date of creation: 17 Apr 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:32-en
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