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Social Europe revisited

Bentolila, Samuel, Dolado , Juan, (2017), “Social Europe revisited”, Vox Eu, 23 May

Almost 20 years ago, the eighth CEPR Monitoring European Integration report explored the interactions between social policy, broadly interpreted, and economic integration in Europe. The experience of the past enlargement of the European Community to include Greece, Portugal, and Spain from the early to the mid-1980s provided Social Europe: One for All? (Bean, Bentolila, Bertola, and Dolado, 1998) the hindsight to try to divine the future of social policy during the upcoming Eastern enlargement of 2004. Predictions were made about how the “social dimension” of the EU would evolve following the increasing economic integration in its various forms, from trade liberalisation to enhanced capital and labour mobility.

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