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Title: Migration and Welfare State: Why is America Different from Europe?

Author(s): Assaf Razin and Efraim Sadka

Publication Date: September 2014

Keyword(s): Fiscal and Migration Competition and Fiscal and Migration Coordination

Programme Area(s): International Macroeconomics

Abstract: Over the years, there emerged two key policy differences between Europe and America, both welfare and migration-states. The former has more generous welfare state and more liberal migration policies than the latter. In this paper we attempt to provide a political-economy explanation for these key differences, based on the degree of coordination among member states of the economic union, and the different levels of population aging.

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Razin, A and Sadka, E. 2014. 'Migration and Welfare State: Why is America Different from Europe?'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.