Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
The Nordic welfare model in a European Perspective
() and Kenneth Nelson
Social assistance and minimum income benefits are
important indicators for assessing the very basic objective of social
policy, namely to mitigate financial hardship and alleviate poverty. The
Nordic countries have succeeded well from a comparative point of view in
terms of poverty alleviation. However, last-resort safety-nets are
changing. Scattered evidence indicate that Nordic social assistance have
become less generous. Perhaps are the Nordic countries becoming more
similar to the welfare models of Continental Europe or the United Kingdom?
This study analyses central dimensions of Nordic social assistance, such as
the generosity, scope and effectiveness of benefits. Data for the empirical
analyses are from SaMip and LIS. We show that Finland and Sweden,
particularly, have suffered from welfare decline, including less generous
and effective benefits.
Keywords: Nordic welfare; Europe; Social policy; Poverty alleviation; welfare decline; Sweden; Finland; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D60; I38; (follow links to similar papers)
36 pages, October 5, 2010
ISSN: 1652-120X ISBN: 978-91-85619-72-6
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