globalization and the welfare state

Heinrich W. Ursprung
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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Most scholarly investigations do not support the often heard claim that globalization impairs the welfare state: observed cuts in welfare programmes appear to be mainly driven by domestic factors. The empirical evidence supporting the converse claim – that globalization gains are used to compensate the losers from global economic integration – is, however, also inconclusive. In order to disentangle the multifaceted and potentially inconsistent globalization effects on the plethora of welfare state activities, future research will have to adopt a more explicit micro-orientation, better econometric techniques, and an empirical research strategy that is more firmly based on political economic theories.
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Ursprung, Heinrich W. "globalization and the welfare state." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 17 January 2018 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0652

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