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The Welfare State As Piggy Bank: Information, Risk, Uncertainty, and the Role of the State

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Overview

Barr contends that the welfare state exists for reasons besides poverty relief, reasons arising out of pervasive problems of imperfect information, risk and uncertainty. As a result, he argues, the welfare state is here to stay, since 21st century developments don't address these additional reasons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199246595
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Barr has a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is Reader in Economics at the LSE, the author of numerous books and articles on the economics of the welfare state and the finance of higher education including "The Economics of the Welfare State" (OUP, 3rd edn, 1998) and "Labor Markets and Social Policy in Central and Eastern Europe" (OUP, 1994), and a member of the editorial board of the "International Social Security Review".

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part 1 Economic theory
2. Theory
Part 2 Insurance
3. The mirage of private unemployment insurance
4. Problems with medical insurance
5. Twenty-first century insurance issues
Part 3 Pensions
6. The economics of pensions
7. Misleading guides to pension design
8. Pension design: the options
9. Twenty-first century pensions issues
Part 4 Education
10. Core issues in the economics of education
11. Information problems
12. Designing student loans
13. Financing higher education: the options
14. Twenty-first century education issues
Part 5 The welfare state in a changing world
15. The welfare state in post-communist countries
16. The welfare state in a changing world

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