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The economics of the welfare state / Nicholas Barr

Main Author Barr, N. A., 1943- Country Reino Unido. Edition 4th ed Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004 Description XXII, 408 p. : il. ; 25 cm ISBN 978-0-19-926497-1 CDU 351.84 330.342.146
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Mestrado em Economia Social Economia e Política Social 1º semestre

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This fourth edition of conomics of the Welfare State discusses the different parts of the welfare system,in particular, cash benefits, the health service and education. The text argues that the welfare state exists not just to help the underprivileged, but also for efficiency reasons in areaswhere private markets would be inefficient or would not exist at all.The book has a new, separate chapter on the economics of higher education and it contains increased references to developments in the EU. Also included are a number of new, largely forward looking topics:- extended discussion of insurance to cover disability and long-term care- challenges to the welfare state including demographic change, globalization, changes in family structure and changes in the structure of jobs- debates about the welfare stateSuitable for students of both economics related disciplines, the book encourages greater accessibility for students and contains a non-technical appendix in every chapter, diagrams, additional readings, worked examples and end of chapter discussion questions.ONLINE RESOURCE CENTREIncludes PowerPoint slides, web links and further reading.

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The second edition of The Economics of the Welfare State updates and revises the 1987 edition of this important book. Barr makes the case that the welfare state, which he defines to include income support, health care, education, and housing, has important efficiency tasks in addition to any distributional objectives. This case is made through a finely woven argument combining history, philosophy, and economic theory. While in 1987 this argument might be seen as a reaction to Reagan and Thatcher, in 1993 its positive approach is a useful contribution to policy developments in both the West (health care reform) and in the former Soviet states (development of a social safety net). Many readers will find the expanded analysis of health care, including international comparisons, to be particularly welcome although, like the first edition, there is a strong emphasis on British institutions. The theoretical analysis has general application, however. The second edition therefore is a worthwhile addition to collections that already include the 1987 edition and a timely contribution to collections that lack it. Advanced undergraduate through faculty. M. Veseth University of Puget Sound

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Professor Nicholas Barr is Professor of Public Economics in the European Institute at the London School of Economics. Prior to this he has been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at the London School of Economics.

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