Economics of the Welfare State

Economics of the Welfare State

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By (author) Nicholas Barr

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 22mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199297819
  • ISBN 13: 9780199297818
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 296,317

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The fifth edition of this successful textbook discusses the different parts of the welfare system, in particular, cash benefits, health care and education. The text argues that the welfare state does not exist only to help the underprivileged, but also for reasons of efficiency, in areas where private markets would be inefficient or would not exist at all. Suitable for economics students and for students on related disciplines such as social policy and political economy, this book is accessible and contains a non-technical appendix to each of the theory chapters, diagrams, additional readings, worked examples and end of chapter discussions. Online Resource Centre For students: - Web links - Further reading - Links to related Oxford Scholarship Online titles For lecturers: - PowerPoint slides - these have been expanded for the fifth edition

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Table of contents

PART 1: CONCEPTS ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Political theory: Social justice and the state ; 3. Economic theory 1: State intervention ; 4. Economic theory 2: Insurance ; 5. Problems of definition and measurement ; PART 2: CASH BENEFITS ; 6. Insurance: Unemployment, sickness, and disability ; 7. Consumption smoothing: Old age pensions ; 8. Poverty relief ; 9. Strategies for reform ; PART 3: BENEFITS IN KIND ; 10. Health and health care ; 11. School education ; 12. Higher education ; PART 4: EPILOGUE ; 13. Conclusion