Does Spending On Social Program Hinder Economic Growth?

Expert argues that spending on social programs does not deter economic growth.
April 19, 2004, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"He compares the level of social spending over nine decades up to 2000 in 19 developed nations, including most of Western Europe, Japan, Australia, the United States and Canada. His analysis differs from many studies in part because he focuses on social programs, not overall government spending.

He finds that high spending on such programs creates no statistically measurable deterrent to the growth of productivity or per capita gross domestic product. As many nations in Europe built welfare states after World War II, they continued to grow faster than the United States, a nation with low social spending.

For many people, this defies common sense."

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Published on Sunday, April 18, 2004 in The New York Times
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