Monday, March 17, 2008


Today's edition of the Wall Street Journal includes an opinion (link) where the author describes how the costs of social engineering are strongly underestimated in Sweden which is considered a paradise and haven of the welfare state. Throughout the content of the article, several examples are cited to show how immigration benefits the well-being and how welfare state eroded wealth creation and stimulated the decline of entrepreneurship and growth.

The set of arguments for the welfare state often includes egalitarian reasoning that has hardly anything to do with economics except for the famous Lorenz curve, showing the size of the distribution of income and wealth across population quantiles whereby the empirical outcome represents the Gini index of inequality. However, there could hardly be found sufficient arguments in favor of welfare egalitarianism exercised by high tax rates on personal and corporate income and other notable sources of productive behavior.

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