Public and Private Social Welfare

Willem Adema, Peter Whiteford

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    This chapter contributes to the discussion of public and private social welfare by drawing together recent information on these different ways of providing social benefits. It presents data on public social expenditure for 2015–17 and accounts for the impact of the tax system and private social expenditure to develop indicators on net social expenditure for 2015. The chapter shows that conventional estimates of gross public spending differ significantly from estimates of net public spending and net total social expenditure, leading to an incorrect measurement and ranking of total social welfare effort across countries.Just as importantly, the fact that total social welfare support is incorrectly measured implies that the outcomes of welfare state support may also be incorrectly measured. Thus, the main objectives of the chapter include considering the implications of this more comprehensive definition of welfare state effort for analysis of the distributional impact of the welfare state and for an assessment of the efficiency and incentive effects of different welfare state arrangements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of The Welfare State
    Editors Francis Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger and C Pierson
    Place of PublicationUS
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780199579396
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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