An interesting “Freakonomics” column looks at the differences between U.S. welfare and the famously generous welfare of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland:
“Ask anyone. Who spends more on social welfare: the U.S. or Sweden and other Nordic countries? Nearly everybody will say Sweden. But the answer, at least as of the mid-2000s, might surprise you.”
It certainly surprised me. It’s a really eye-opening analysis.