Welfare State and Economic Theory
ECONPUBBLICA Working Paper No. 106
34 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2006
Date Written: November 2005
This paper discusses how the analysis of the role and impact of the welfare state has evolved over time in the economic literature. We stress the change in focus from the insurance to the redistributive role and we try to assess whether the dominant view according to which the welfare state is mainly a redistributive mechanism is justified, once the historical developments and the institutional frameworks in different countries are taken into account. We come to the conclusion that insurance is indeed the function performed by the welfare state and identify through the historical and institutional analysis elements which could be profitably introduced into the economic investigation to have a better ground on which to evaluate policy effects and reforms.
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Keywords: Welfare State
JEL Classification: H00
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