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

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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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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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`excellent and timely'
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`uses some quite straightforward and reader-friendly economic theory to support three simple contentions, but with quite far-reaching consequences'
Sir Howard Davies, THES

`Barr's book can be strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in the development of social policy'
Sir Howard Davies, THES

`The principal value of Nicholas Barr's excellent and timely book is to demonstrate that the welfare state "exists for reasons additional to and separate from poverty relief, reasons that arise out of pervasive problems of imperfect information, risk, and uncertainty".'
Sir Howard Davies THES

`The Welfare State as Piggy Bank is not a personal manifesto of policy proposals in each area. But Barr does not shrink from reaching firm conclusions about those policies that appear to him to be clearly inferior or superior to the alternatives.'
Sir Howard Davies THES

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2001. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Of the many functions of the welfare state, two are particularly prominent: the Robin Hood function - the provision of poverty relief, the redistribution of income and wealth, and the reduction of social exclusion; and the piggy bank function - ensuring mechanisms for insurance and for redistribution over the life cycle. The piggy-bank function, unlike the redistributive purpose of the welfare state, has received relatively little attention, and is not widely understood. This book redresses the balance. Nicholas Barr s central contention is that--contrary to popular opinion--the welfare state exists for reasons additional to poverty relief. These reasons - encapsulated by the piggy-bank function - arise out of pervasive problems of imperfect information, risk, and uncertainty. Even if all poverty and social exclusion could be eradicated, people would still need to insure themselves and to redistribute over the life cycle. As a result, Barr argues, the welfare state is here to stay, since twenty-first century developments do nothing to undermine these reasons. He also explores ways in which the welfare state can and will adapt to economic and social change, including specific, and sometimes novel, solutions. The analysis in The Welfare State as Piggy Bank is international, applying to advanced industrial countries, as well as addressing post-communist countries, and touching upon middle-income developing countries. Barr s approach is contemporary and forward-thinking. His discussion ranges over a number of topics of central relevance to life in the twenty-first century, including genetic screening and its impact on insurance; the convergence of private and social insurance; how to finance long-term care; pension reform in the light of fluid family structures and a mobile workforce; loans for financing investment in human capital; and new ways of involving private finance in tertiary education. Codice libro della libreria APC9780199246595

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2001. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Of the many functions of the welfare state, two are particularly prominent: the Robin Hood function - the provision of poverty relief, the redistribution of income and wealth, and the reduction of social exclusion; and the piggy bank function - ensuring mechanisms for insurance and for redistribution over the life cycle. The piggy-bank function, unlike the redistributive purpose of the welfare state, has received relatively little attention, and is not widely understood. This book redresses the balance. Nicholas Barr s central contention is that--contrary to popular opinion--the welfare state exists for reasons additional to poverty relief. These reasons - encapsulated by the piggy-bank function - arise out of pervasive problems of imperfect information, risk, and uncertainty. Even if all poverty and social exclusion could be eradicated, people would still need to insure themselves and to redistribute over the life cycle. As a result, Barr argues, the welfare state is here to stay, since twenty-first century developments do nothing to undermine these reasons. He also explores ways in which the welfare state can and will adapt to economic and social change, including specific, and sometimes novel, solutions. The analysis in The Welfare State as Piggy Bank is international, applying to advanced industrial countries, as well as addressing post-communist countries, and touching upon middle-income developing countries. Barr s approach is contemporary and forward-thinking. His discussion ranges over a number of topics of central relevance to life in the twenty-first century, including genetic screening and its impact on insurance; the convergence of private and social insurance; how to finance long-term care; pension reform in the light of fluid family structures and a mobile workforce; loans for financing investment in human capital; and new ways of involving private finance in tertiary education. Codice libro della libreria APC9780199246595

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