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Taxation, Welfare and the Crisis of Unemployment in Europe
This book analyses the impact of European tax and benefit systems on incentives to create and take up jobs. European policymakers face tough choices as reforms to these systems are costly and recognising and understanding the complex trade-offs involved - a pre-condition to pushing the reform process forward - is the aim of this volume. The authors, experts in public and welfare economics, investigate the problems involved in re-designing tax and benefit systems in Europe, the cross-country spillovers of 'bad' domestic policies and the peer pressure from closer policy co-operation in EMU. They examine reforms in tax and welfare systems and suggest ways in which to improve their efficiency without undermining the equitable foundations of the European social model. While aiming at a high degree of generality, the analyses are rooted firmly in the experience of European countries and the conclusions are therefore all the more relevant and of interest to policymakers in Europe, as well as the rest of the world.
The blend of theoretical and institutional analysis, policy suggestions and case studies of relevant European success stories will ensure this book appeals to policymakers and scholars of welfare, European and labour studies.
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'This book provides a thorough institutional and theoretical analysis of this specific sector of European policy making, highlighting the key problems involved in reforming European tax and benefit systems as well as suggesting possible ways to improve efficiency. Policymakers and scholars of European welfare and labour market policies will therefore find this book useful.' -- European Access '... an interesting blend of theoretical analysis, policy suggestions and case studies of relevant success stories.' -- Aslib Book Guide