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FGGA Research Seminar: Globalisation and migration: The political economy of welfare state reform

Thursday 22 November 2018
FGGA Research Seminars
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


A key hypothesis in the political economy literature is that globalization and migration pose substantial challenges to national welfare states. Governments tend to cut tax burdens in order to facilitate competitive conditions for firms due to increasing competitiveness pressures in global markets. At the same time, increasing exposure to economic globalization may lead to an increased demand from voters for social protection in order to compensate the increased economic insecurity. In the existing literature on welfare state reform, some welfare state programs – such as social assistance benefits – have been under-examined. This is mainly driven by data availability. From a theoretical viewpoint, studying different welfare state programs yields interesting insights, as the effects of globalization and migration vary across welfare state programs. Presenting new indicators, we assess the role of international trade, capital mobility and migration in social and labor market policy reform across OECD countries, accounting for several economic, political, and institutional factors.

No registration is needed for the seminar. After the seminar, refreshments will be served.


Olaf van Vliet is Professor of Comparative Welfare State Analysis at the Department of Economics and at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University. He is project leader (2016-2020) of the multidisciplinary project ‘SOLID: Solidarity under strain – A legal, criminological and economic analysis of welfare states and free movement in the EU’. Since 2016, he serves as director of one of the 11 research profile areas of Leiden University: Interaction between legal systems. His research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, welfare state reform, income inequality, globalization, European integration and labor economics.

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