Globalization, welfare regimes and social protection: expenditures in Western and Eastern European countries

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Leibrecht, M., Klien, M. and Onaran, O. 2011. Globalization, welfare regimes and social protection: expenditures in Western and Eastern European countries. London Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-010-9685-7
TypeDiscussion paper
TitleGlobalization, welfare regimes and social protection: expenditures in Western and Eastern European countries
AuthorsLeibrecht, M., Klien, M. and Onaran, O.
Abstract

This paper analyzes the effects of globalization on social protection expenditures in European countries. The analysis adds to the literature due to its special focus on (a) the Eastern European countries and (b) on differences in globalization effects between welfare regimes. We find evidence in favor of the compensation hypothesis in Western Europe which is driven by the conservative welfare regime, outweighing the efficiency effect of globalization in the social-democratic welfare regime. In Eastern European countries the efficiency effect is predominant. No globalization effect is found for the liberal and the southern welfare regimes. Our results indicate some convergence within Western Europe and a divergence between the East and the West of Europe. We stress the importance of disaggregating by welfare regimes when exploring the effects of globalization on public social protection expenditures.

KeywordsGlobalization; social expenditures; welfare regimes
JournalPublic choice
ISSN0048-5829
PublisherSpringer
Place of publicationLondon
Publication dates
PrintSep 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Apr 2010
Output statusPublished
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pre-refereed version as allowed by publisher.

Additional information

Has originally been published as a Middlesex University Business school: department of economics and statistics, discussion paper no 140 in April 2010.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-010-9685-7
LanguageEnglish
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