Changing Tides for the Welfare State - an Essay

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Assar Lindbeck

; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Date Written: January 2002

Abstract

It has turned out to be difficult to adjust welfare-state arrangements to new circumstances. This paper emphasizes developments in the labor market and changes in the structure and preferences of the family. The former include changes in demography, productivity growth and international linkages as well as increased part-time work, new types of labor-market contracts and tendencies toward an "insider-outsider divide" in the labor market. Changes in family structure include a rise in female labor-force participation, a decline in family stability, more variation in individual life cycles and increased individualization of values and life styles. A number of alternative welfare-state reforms are also considered.

Keywords: Welfare State, Changes in Labor Market, Changes in Family Structure

JEL Classification: H00, H4, H5

Suggested Citation

Lindbeck, Assar, Changing Tides for the Welfare State - an Essay (January 2002). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 645. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=301061

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