Monday, October 10, 2005

- More money on the dole than from working

Socialist Left has long advocated a sharp increase in social security to "reduce poverty". Labour Party newspaper Dagsavisen reports that the suggested new level of social security would give a single mom-of-two NOK300k/year, which is more than 40% of the working population is earning.

The socialists have never cared much about labour policies except protecting workers and increasing benefits. I'm not sure if they've ever looked into the correlations between high benefits and less supply in the labour market, but I'm quite sure they don't really care. If this proposal had gone through, you'd get NOK5k/month less from working in a shop than claiming benefits. Guess once what some people would do...

On the other hand, it's likely that Dagsavisen wrote this story after Labour Party tipped them off, to make it harder for the Socialists to argue their case in the ongoing negotiations.


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