Paid Family Leave: A Fork in the Road of the American Welfare State

36 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2019

Date Written: October 9, 2019

Abstract

Since the War on Poverty began in 1964, the American welfare state has undergone a drastic expansion. That year, national defense spending accounted for 46 percent of all federal outlays, while entitlements consumed 29 percent. In 2020, the entitlement share is predicted to be 66 percent while national defense will have shrunk to 15 percent.With this shift in the balance of spending, government focus is now on economic redistribution. Paid family leave would cement this focus, reinforcing the American welfare state as increasingly Scandinavian in character.

Keywords: Paid Family Leave, Economic Redistribution, Welfare State, Entitlements, Budget Deficit

JEL Classification: E61, E62, H11, H53, H62, J18

Suggested Citation

Larson, Sven R., Paid Family Leave: A Fork in the Road of the American Welfare State (October 9, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3467127 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3467127

Sven R. Larson (Contact Author)

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