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Economics of the Welfare State (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780198748588

Nicholas Barr
400 Pages
189 x 189 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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The sixth edition of this successful textbook discusses elements of the welfare system, including cash benefits, the health service and education. The text argues that the welfare state does not exist just to help the underprivileged, but also offers efficiencies in areas where the private markets would be inefficient or would not exist at all. Suitable for both economics students and students on related disciplines, this book places the content within a theoretical framework, and uses learning features to engage students with the discussion. Each chapter is concluded with a summary of the key points and an appendix, which provides a non-technical summary for students with no previous exposure to economics. Worked examples from around the world facilitate the comparison of global welfare issues, while diagrams allow readers to visualize concepts. The author ends each chapter with 'questions for further discussion' which could be prepared to structure seminars or to independently test understanding, while an annotated list of further reading suggestions guides additional research. This book is accompanied by the following online resources. For students: - Web links - Further reading For lecturers: - PowerPoint slides


Part 1: Concepts
1 Introduction
2 Political theory
3 Economic theory
Part 2: Cash Benefits
4 Insurance
5 Distribution
6 Social insurance
7 Pensions
8 Poverty relief
Part 3: Benefits in Kind
9 Health
10 Education
11 Higher education
Part 4: Epilogue
12 Conclusion

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