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The Welfare State in Europe

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The Welfare State in Europe

Challenges and Reforms

9781840640663 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marco Buti, Director of the Economies of the Member States, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, Daniele Franco, Director, Public Finance Division, Research Department, Bank of Italy and Lucio R. Pench, Advisor, Forward Studies Unit, European Commission, Belgium
Publication Date: 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 066 3 Extent: 512 pp
This book analyses the main problems in the functioning of the welfare state and possible actions for its reform. Focusing on the European Union, it looks at the achievements of and challenges to the welfare state as we enter the 21st century.

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This book analyses the main problems in the functioning of the welfare state and possible actions for its reform. Focusing on the European Union, it looks at the achievements of and challenges to the welfare state as we enter the 21st century.

The authors consider the general problem of redistribution and how to make it more efficient, by reducing huge benefits and tax disincentives that individuals encounter in different life periods or life choices. In addition, they analyse issues such as:

• economic effects of the welfare state
• mechanisms for improving incentives in the welfare state
• implications of Economic and Monetary Union for the welfare state
• options in pension funding
• impact of ageing on the pensions systems in the European Union
• detailed projections of social expenditure

The Welfare State in Europe will be essential reading for those working in the areas of public administration and finance, European studies, social policy, economics and political science. In its provision of policy suggestions it will also be welcomed by policymakers and government advisers.
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‘This book is essential reading for those working in the areas of public administration and finance, European studies, social policy, economics and political science. In its provision of policy suggestions it will also be welcomed by policymakers and government advisors.’
– European Access
Contributors
Contributors: A.B. Atkinson, M. Buti, N. Darnaut, S. Fölster, D. Franco, R. Holzmann, A. Lindbeck, T. Munzi, J.M. Orszag, L.R. Pench, D.J. Snower, G. Thomas
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Contents: Part I: Overview 1. Reconciling the Welfare State with Sound Public Finances and High Employment Part II: The Economic Effects of the Welfare State: Two Views 2. The Economics of the Welfare State: An Incomplete Debate 3. Welfare State Dynamics Part III: Improving Incentives in the Welfare State 4. Social Insurance Based on Personal Savings Accounts: A Possible Reform Strategy for Overburdened Welfare States? 5. Expanding the Welfare System: A Proposal for Reform Part IV: Pension Reforms 6. On Economic Benefits and Fiscal Requirements of Moving from Unfunded to Funded Pensions 7. Retirement Income Financing Reform – A General Issues Paper Part V: A Case Study 8. Reform of the Social Security System in France: Challenges and Prospects Part VI: Demography and the Welfare State 9. Ageing and Fiscal Policies in the European Union Index
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