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The European Social Model: Lessons for Developing Countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2002 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Developing countries, in particular the least developed ones, probably have more to learn from special policies in Europe during the early 20th century than from the elaborate welfare-state arrangements after World War II. In addition to macroeconomic growth and stability, the main ambitions must be to fight human deprivation, including illiteracy, malnutrition, poor access to water and sanitation – and, in some cases, also weak, incompetent and/or corrupt governments. It is also important that informal systems in the fields of transfers and social services are not destroyed when developing countries embark on more formal systems in these fields in the future. The European experience also warns against the creation of social systems that are so generous that disincentives, moral hazard and receding social norms seriously distort the national economy, including the labor market.

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Stockholm: IIES , 2002. , 21 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. (Online), ISSN 1653-610X ; 714
Keyword [en]
welfare state, social policy, developing economies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42044OAI: diva2:343784
Available from: 2010-08-16 Created: 2010-08-16 Last updated: 2010-08-16Bibliographically approved

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