Munich Personal RePEc Archive

On the convergence of social protection systems in the European Union

Cornelisse, Peter and Goudswaard, Kees (2001): On the convergence of social protection systems in the European Union. Published in: Department of Economics Research Memorandum No. 2001.02 (2001): pp. 1-15.

[img]
Preview
PDF
MPRA_paper_21297.pdf

Download (179Kb) | Preview

Abstract

Member states of the European Union are autonomous when it comes to the design of their social protection systems. However, they are committed by a Recommendation accepted by the European Council addressing the convergence of social protection objectives and policies. Beside that, it is expected that convergence of social protection systems could come about as a result of economic integration. In this paper we have examined whether such convergence has occurred during the past decades, using data on replacement rates and social expenditure ratios. We find a rather strong trend of relative convergence, but it does not follow that this trend is the result of the European integration.

UB_LMU-Logo
MPRA is a RePEc service hosted by
the Munich University Library in Germany.