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Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University Seminar Papers, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University

No 694:
CHANGING TIDES FOR THE WELFARE STATE

Assar Lindbeck ()

Abstract: Socioeconomic conditions and values have changed considerably since the emergence of elaborate welfare-state arrangements during the first decades after World War II. For instance, recent socioeconomic changes have created new needs (justifications) for intertemporal reallocations of income as well as for protection against new types of income risks. Some socioeconomic changes have also undermined the financial viability of a number of traditional welfare-state arrangements. This paper emphasizes developments in the labor market and changes in the structure and preferences of the family. A number of alternative welfare-state reforms are considered in the paper.

Keywords: welfare state; changes in labor market; changes in family structure; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: H00; H40; H50; (follow links to similar papers)

44 pages, July 27, 2001

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