Globalization and the Future of Social Protection

Author/Editor:

Vito Tanzi

Publication Date:

January 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Social protection in industrial countries has been provided through regulations, tax expenditures, and public spending. This paper argues that globalization will affect governments’ ability to continue providing this social protection at the level of recent decades. Specifically, tax competition among jurisdictions, ballooning electronic commerce, and increased mobility of the factors of production will likely cause significant falls in tax revenue in future years. The paper concludes that the welfare states need to look for alternative ways to provide social protection.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/12

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451842890/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0122000

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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