Mar 8, 2014

Behavioral public choice

Heinemann (2008), using data from the World Values Survey, finds empirical evidence in support of a deterioration of social norms by the welfare state: Both higher transfers and waves of high unemployment in macroeconomic downturns result in an increased willingness to claim transfers, even if one is legally not eligible to do so. (pp. 33-34).
The paper by Jan Schnellenbach & Christian Schubert is here
HT: Matthew Baker.

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