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Welfare State Disincentives with Endogenous Habits and Norms
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
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It is assumed in this paper that habits and social norms, in particular when adhered to by many, constrain the influence of changes in economic incentives on aggregate economic behavior, but that these constraints themselves may subsequently be influenced by the very same incentives. The paper is confined to disincentive effects of welfare state policies in work, saving, asset choice and entrepeneurship. Though the existence of various constraints on economic behavior usually means that changes in economic incentives influence aggregate behavior only gradually, it is argued that major shocks may drastically speed up the process.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1994. , 25 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 589
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41914OAI: diva2:342937
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