Convergence in Social Protection Across EU Countries, 1970-1999

FEDEA Working Paper No. 2003-01

19 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2003

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Simon Sosvilla-Rivero

UCM Institute for Economic Analysis

Jose A. Herce

Grupo AFI

Juan José de Lucio Fernández

Independent; University of Antonio de Nebrija - Faculty of Law, Economics and Business

Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

This paper examines the degree of convergence in social protection registered in the European Union during the 1970-99 period. To that end, we use Eurostat data and study the long-run properties of the data set using time series analysis. Our results indicate that there is no evidence of long-run convergence in Social Protection expenditure to GDP ratios. However, we do find evidence of catching-up with respect both to Germany and the EU average for all countries belonging to EU12, except for Greece.

Keywords: Social Protection Expenditure, Convergence, European Union

JEL Classification: F42, H53, O52

Suggested Citation

Sosvilla-Rivero, Simon and Herce, Jose A. and de Lucio Fernández, Juan José, Convergence in Social Protection Across EU Countries, 1970-1999 (January 2003). FEDEA Working Paper No. 2003-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=376100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.376100

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Jose A. Herce

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Juan José De Lucio Fernández

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University of Antonio de Nebrija - Faculty of Law, Economics and Business ( email )

Campus de la Berzosa
Hoyo de Manzanares
Madrid, 28420
Spain

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