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SILVA, Luiz Marcos de Oliveira  and  MATTOS, Fernando Augusto Mansor de. Welfare State and employment in health activities in developed countries since the Post-Second World War. Rev. Econ. Polit. [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.3, pp.135-152. ISSN 1809-4538.

The article analyzes the economic importance of the health activities in the developed countries in the last decades of the twentieth century. It takes into consideration the evolution of the weight of the employment in the health activities in European countries' and also in the United States' labour markets, which will be compared in an historical perspective. The evolution and the weight of the public expenditure in the health activities will also be taken into account so as to analyze the economic importance of the sector in the last decades of twentieth century. The role played by the political, economic and social context of the Post-Second World War in the construction of the system of social protection (Welfare State) and its effects over the health activities will be also considered.

Keywords : Post-Second World War; Welfare State; developed countries; health services; state regulation.

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