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Changing Tides for the Welfare State - An Essay
Abstract: Recent developments in society have generated misalignment
between the welfare state and socio-economic conditions and preferences.
This paper emphasis developments in the labor market and the structure,
stability and preferences of the family, as well as macroeconomic changes.
The latter include new patterns of short-term macroeconomic instability,
economic growth and the internationalization of national economies. I deal
both with developments that are exogenous from the point of view of the
welfare state and with developments that may be regarded as endogenous
behavior adjustments of individuals in response to the welfare state
itself. Alternative welfare-state reforms are also considered.
Keywords: Welfare State; Changes in labor market; Changes in family; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H00; H40; H50; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, March 12, 2001
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