Book Chapter

Welfare capitalism: The ten year impact of governments on poverty, inequality and financial risk in West Germany, the Netherlands and the USA

B Headey, R Muffels

Combating Poverty in Europe: The German Welfare Regime in Practice | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2018


This chapter assesses the ten year (1987-96) impact of taxes and transfers on poverty, income inequality and financial insecurity in the working age populations of the Netherlands, the USA and West Germany. In Esping-Andersen's terms the USA is the prototypical liberal capitalist system and Germany is the clearest case of a conservative, corporatist welfare - capitalist state. Welfare states, and by extension tax-transfer systems are intended to redistribute income both between persons and within person lifetimes, forcing people to save when they are earning for periods when they are not working. The equity goal promoted by within person redistribution is reduction of financial risk, or, one..

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