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The case for structural reforms of welfare in Southern Europe

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey all indulge in channeling cash welfare benefits to the rich. France, too. Is there a (northern-)mediterranean pattern here? Maybe, as six of the seven countries on the left of the graph are also part of a geographical cluster (while Australia clearly is a UK offshoot): geography and culture seem to matter. Might reforms consist of less child support for the rich and more for the poor?


Via @JordiVaque

  1. November 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Excellent! What’s the source for this?

  2. Ack Nice
    November 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Mother of God! Did somebody mention Greece?


    And. Jesus. wept.

    (Cue Deirdre McCloskey and her Libertarian Rag Time Band to enlighten us poor, ignorant people one more time about how the problem is certainly not that some people have too much – billions of times the amount it is possible to self-earn – the problem is clearly that those cage children are just envious of the globalgigarich “providers” and we just have to be patient because the superhuman wealthpower giants don’t you know are *this close* to wiping poverty off the face of the good, clean Earth, eh?)

    Hey… it’s Thanksgiving Day! I’ve got beans, he’s got rice, who’s got salt? Let’s eat!

  3. niethil
    November 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Hmm, maybe it’s not the relevant indicator. Aren’t free public services also rather common in these countries ? Then it might just be that the composition of transfers is different depending on the recepiant’s income ?

  4. davetaylor1
    November 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    “That which is large enough for the poor to defend is large enough for the rich to covet”?

  5. December 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Amazing, how are the benefits and the beneficiaries defined/identified? Also, the source for the data about the benefits?

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