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Migration and Welfare State: Why is America Different from Europe?

Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka

NBER Working Paper No. 20450
Issued in September 2014
NBER Program(s):International Finance and Macroeconomics

Over the years, there emerged two key policy differences between Europe and America, both welfare and migration-states. The former has more generous welfare state and more liberal migration policies than the latter. In this paper we attempt to provide a political-economy explanation for these key differences, based on the degree of coordination among member states of the economic union, and the different levels of population aging.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20450

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