First WSF Thematic Workshop on Research Cluster “Globalization, Welfare States & Inequalities” Currently Running in Oslo, Norway


Yesterday, the WSF Thematic Workshop on “Inequality and Welfare States” took off in Oslo, Norway. It is already the 4th Workshop of the WSF Thematic Workshop Series which started in 2016 with the Mannheim Workshop on “Health Politics, Health Policy, Long-Term Care and Inequalities” and will be completed by the workshop on “Migration and Welfare” in Birmingham, UK on the 5-6 December 2017. Group in Seminar Room Edit TWThe Oslo workshop focused on the WSF Research Cluster “Globalization, Welfare States & Inequalities” trying to discuss and answer questions like  1) what are the determinants and patterns of inequality and how are citizen’s preferences for redistribution and welfare services are formed 2) what is the role of welfare state policies in countering the labour market and income inequality effects of globalization 3) how can welfare states meet recent challenges and how can concerns for personal responsibility be integrated in the design of welfare schemes in a way that is perceived as fair. Talk in Seminar Room Edit TW.pngThe workshop started with some experiments about fairness beliefs and redistributive preferences. The main focus of the papers by Kalle Moene (GIWES) and Alexander Cappelen together with Bertil Tungodden and Ingar Kyrkjebo Haaland (FPRWS) has been on testing in experimental setups whether people believe there is fairness in different tax rates and whether these beliefs explain their preferences for redistribution. Another paper by Kaisa Kotakorpi, Tomer Blumkin and Tuomas Kosonen, all researchers of the 4Is project, looked at the complexity of applications for homecare allowance in Finland and found that eligible people take up more benefits when the system transfers the benefits directly rather than having individuals filling in forms for that. Talking at Cantina Edit TW.pngThe workshop is still running and an update will follow as soon as the second day has been completed.  Furthermore, a thorough overview of the workshop, summary of contents, pictures and videos will be available soon at