Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 731: Prospects for the Welfare State

Assar Lindbeck ()
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Assar Lindbeck: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Sockholm, Sweden

Abstract: It is useful to distinguish between exogenous and endogenous factors behind contemporary and expected future problems for the welfare state. This paper tries to identify major problems of both types and to indicate alternative reform possibilities to deal with them. At the same time as several governments struggle with such reforms, new demands on the welfare state emerge. Although the basic structure of today’s welfare-state arrangements certainly can be kept, the reforms required are sufficiently large to create considerable conflicts across interest groups.

Keywords: Welfare State; Social Insurance; Human Services

JEL-codes: H40; H50; I38

16 pages, January 31, 2008

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