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dc.contributor.authorMoene, Karl Oveen_US
dc.contributor.authorWallerstein, Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T13:17:55Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T13:17:55Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/63207-
dc.description.abstractThe welfare state is generally viewed as either providing redistribution from rich to poor or as providing publicly-financed insurance. Both views are incomplete. Welfare policies provide both insurance and redistribution in varying amounts, depending on the design of the policy. We explore the political consequences of the mix of redistribution and insurance in the context of studying the impact of income inequality on expenditures in different categories of welfare spending in advanced industrial socieities from 1980-1995. We find that spending on pensions, health care, family benefits, poverty alleviation and housing subsidies is largely uncorrelated with income inequality, but that spending on income replacement programs such as unemployment insurance, sickness pay, occupational illness and disability are signinficantly higher in countries with more egalitarian income distributions. We show that this pattern is exactly what a theory of political support for redistributive social insurance programs would predict.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherDep. of Economics, Univ. of Oslo Osloen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMemorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2003,18en_US
dc.subject.jelD62en_US
dc.subject.jelH23en_US
dc.subject.jelH53en_US
dc.subject.jelJ65en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordWelfare stateen_US
dc.subject.keywordinsuranceen_US
dc.subject.keywordredistributionen_US
dc.subject.keywordincome inequalityen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensumverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwSozialstaaten_US
dc.subject.stwÖffentliche Sozialausgabenen_US
dc.subject.stwSozialtransferen_US
dc.subject.stwIndustriestaatenen_US
dc.titleIncome inequality and welfare spending: A disaggregated analysisen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn366119818en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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