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Old Europe's social model: A reason of low growth? The case of Germany

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  • Siebert, Horst

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This paper discusses the goal conflict between social protection and economic growth as well as employment. Taking the German economy as an example for the large continental economies of Old Europe, it analyzes twenty mechanisms that affect the fundamentals of the economy negatively and imply low growth and high unemployment. An empirical index is constructed. In the period 1960-2005, an increase in the social protection index goes together with a decline in the GDP growth rate by 2.6 percentage points.

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  • Siebert, Horst, 2006. "Old Europe's social model: A reason of low growth? The case of Germany," Kiel Working Papers 1291, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwkwp:1291
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    Keywords

    Economic growth; Unemployment; Mechanisms for a poor dynamics; Old Europe; Erosion; Social protection;

    JEL classification:

    • H - Public Economics
    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • K - Law and Economics
    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • P - Economic Systems

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