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Published: 05 February 2020

424 Pages


ISBN: 9780198748588

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New Edition

The Economics of the Welfare State

Sixth Edition

Nicholas Barr

  • The only UK textbook to focus on welfare issues such as education, health care, pensions and poverty relief, rather than general public economics
  • Analyses the major elements of the welfare state within a coherent, theoretical framework, to help students engage with the discussions
  • Emphasises British and European welfare systems, allowing students to see the direct relevance and real-world application of their learning
  • An international range of examples gives students the opportunity to compare different institutions and global welfare issues
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this Edition:

  • Brand new 'Where are we in the story?' feature which identifies how each chapter fits in with the rest of the book
  • Increased cross-references help students recall the key content of previous chapters and signpost how the material is linked
  • Additional discussion of gender incorporated throughout the book, with a new section in Chapter 5
  • End of chapter discussion questions expanded, giving readers further opportunities to test their understanding
  • Updated data, references, and policy discussion

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