The Welfare State, Budgetary Pressure and Labor Market Shifts

The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 102, Issue 3, September 2000

Posted: 18 Aug 2001

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Anthony B. Atkinson

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Abstract

Public debate about the welfare state in OECD countries has emphasized the need for reform to meet a two-fold set of shocks: budgetary pressure and a labor market shift against unskilled workers. The aim of the paper is to set out a framework for examining the implications of these shocks for the optimal scale of social transfers and, in particular, the impact on different societies, distinguishing a restricted welfare state, labelled "the United States" and a more extensive welfare state, labelled "Continental Europe."

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, Anthony B., The Welfare State, Budgetary Pressure and Labor Market Shifts. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 102, Issue 3, September 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=247660

Anthony B. Atkinson (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Medicine

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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