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In the twenty five year period between 1960 and 1985, there was a great expansion of social insurance and transfer programs in all Western countries. The fraction of GDP accounted for by government expenditures approximately doubled in much of Europe, and grew by 40-50% in most other OECD nations. After 1985, there has been relatively little growth in the scope of the welfare state relative to other parts of the economy. This paper explores the extent to which institutions and ideological shifts may have accounted for the period of rapid growth, for differences in the extent of that growth, and for the subsequent reduction in the growth of welfare state programs. Location Tinbergen Institute, Roetersstraat 31

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Date 22 May 2008
Time 15:00 - 16:00