Journal Article

What is the Domain of the Welfare State?


  • Snower
  • D.J.
Publication Date

The paper examines the appropriate domain of the Welfare State by exploring the areas in which free enterprise fails to provide adequate welfare state services. The paper outlines a simple coherent strategy for formulating government welfare state policy by identifying the relevant market failures, government failures, and implementation costs. Two proposals for reform of the Welfare State are outlined.

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JEL Classification
H1, H2, H4, I1, I2, I3, P5

Key Words

  • Bildung
  • Education
  • Free Enterprise
  • health
  • inequality
  • poverty
  • unemployment
  • Ungleichheit
  • Welfare State
  • Wohlfahrtsstaat