Guest Scholar Kjell Vaage Discusses the Welfare State in Norway


On April 7th, Prof. Kjell Vaage of the University of Bergen gave a campus-wide lecture addressing challenges facing Norway’s social insurance policies.   Compared with America, Norway provides exceptionally generous support to disabled workers.  But a very high percentage of Norwegians make use of these benefits.  Prof. Vaage discussed his and colleagues’ recent research on non-health related reasons for this high enrollment.  Sustaining Norway’s successful model of social policy requires knowing not just about its successes, but also how it can be improved.