Equity, Efficiency and Growth (Heftet)

The Future of the Welfare State

Serie: Central Issues in Contemporary Economic Theory and Policy 

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Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 1996
Antall sider: 426
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
Serie: Central Issues in Contemporary Economic Theory and Policy
ISBN/EAN: 9781349246519
Omtale Equity, Efficiency and Growth
In the post-war period, spending on social security, health and education has grown continuously in the leading industrialized countries. The considerable size of this spending as a percentage of GDP together with the ageing population raise doubts on the sustainability of welfare spending. These doubts have been accompanied in recent years by an increasing awareness of the allocational inefficiencies and the distributive inequalities caused by the provision of some social services. The welfare state should therefore be reconstructed not only through readjustment of the social security system but also a change in unemployment benefits and the taxation of workers to avoid the perverse spiral that may be produced in the future by cuts in welfare benefits, growing unemployment and the need to further reduce the social security services.

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