Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71868
Authors: 
Paetzold, Jörg
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Finance, University of Salzburg 2012-04
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether there is a convergence in welfare state policies among the old EU member states. To identify such trends, we rely on pension and unemployment net replacement rates as well as on public social expenditures. Empirically, we use a sample of 14 economies (EU-15 excl. Lux.) between 1980 and 2005. The empirical findings reveal a presence of a convergence process, driven by strong catch-up of social protection levels in the Southern member states. Furthermore, convergence in replacement rates is substantially less pronounced than using spending data.
Subjects: 
Social protection
convergence
pension & unemployment replacement rates
Europeanization
welfare state
JEL: 
I32
I36
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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