The Internationalisation of Public Welfare Policy

20 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2005

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James W. Banks

Institute for Fiscal Studies; University of Manchester

Richard F. Disney

University of Nottingham; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Axia Economics

Alan Duncan

University of Nottingham - School of Economics; University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - Bentley Campus

John Van Reenen

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Stanford Graduate School of Business; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

With increasing globalisation of knowledge, there are increased opportunities to 'learn' from the experience of policy interventions elsewhere. This paper presents evidence on the extent of international convergence in public policy, with particular focus on labour, welfare, savings and retirement policy. Questions addressed in this framework include: to what extent is policy diffusion or convergence a real and relevant phenomenon? What role have economists played in the transfer of policy across national domains? Has policy transfer led to 'better' public policy? Are there any practical limitations to policy convergence?

Suggested Citation

Banks, James W. and Disney, Richard F. and Duncan, Alan and Van Reenen, John Michael, The Internationalisation of Public Welfare Policy. Economic Journal, Vol. 115, No. 502, pp. C62-C81, March 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=678424

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