The Social Media Unemployment Line

Jun 2010
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The Economist did a series on public sector spending and found that the majority of spending benefited the middle class. I was surprised.
Look up the general literature on 'social wages'. That does show that the redistributive power of public sector expenditure is often illusionary. Take subsidies to education. The returns are skewed in favour of the middle classes because of, for example, 'social capital' effects
 
Jun 2010
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Maybe you should delineate your "welfare efficiency" measure, given it doesn't convey much to call something "highly efficient" and "inefficient" at the same time. Trying to loft up pontificating paradoxical statements that will send eager young minds into a deep state of contemplation? How about just speak clearly: what are you actually saying an efficient welfare system would literally do?



Try restating this, except semi-intelligibly this time.
Look up Smeeding's analysis into the efficiency/effectiveness of the US welfare system. The focus on an insipid form of efficiency, encouraged by right wing whiners, has minimised the effectiveness of welfare (in comparison with other Western economies)
 
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Even if that's the case so far I'm not getting my monies worth.
Well, you're a person who probably thinks you get ZERO benefit from, say, the space program. Forgive me for suspecting that your cost/benefit calculations are highly dubious.
 
Feb 2011
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Look up Smeeding's analysis into the efficiency/effectiveness of the US welfare system.
Try linking to your citation. We don't all have subscriptions to economics e-journals or want to spend $50-$100 on a text just because you threw a reading assignment at us instead of answering the questions posed.

If Smeeding spends a couple hundred pages comparing and contrasting the U.S. and Europe only to just lazily and politically conclude "cost of health care and education should be decreased while improving outcomes," well no shit, but again, aside from vague pie-in-the-sky rhetoric, specifically , what is being suggested be changed about U.S. welfare spending or policy?

The focus on an insipid form of efficiency, encouraged by right wing whiners, has minimised the effectiveness of welfare (in comparison with other Western economies)
If we were to spend the same amount (or less) social welfare dollars while promoting greater actual welfare outcomes (such as by eliminating inefficient drains on social welfare budgets or targeting it more toward those whose welfare increase more from the same amount of money), how is that "an insipid form of efficiency?"