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Coronavirus has brought the welfare state back, and it might be here to stay

With Covid-19 posing a universal risk, most voters could demand social insurance payments that are significantly more generous than before the crisis hit.

Both the ongoing pandemic and the corresponding public health measures have taken their toll on people's ability to work across the income distribution.

GOVERNMENTS across the developed world have responded to the Covid-19 crisis by making welfare states vastly more generous. Historical parallels suggest that this munificence may endure even as the pandemic recedes.

Welfare states will only, however, become permanently more generous if...

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