I thought this interview was fascinating. Two soundbites:
- [W]hy [are people] so sure that [with a more generous welfare state] you will become Scandinavia? Maybe you become Italy instead.
- About 85% of ethnic Swedes work, one of the highest numbers in the world, higher than the US but not higher than that of Scandinavian Americans. And this is a prerequisite to have generous welfare state: almost every able bodied person works. Non Western European [immigrants]: 50% work, and these numbers have looked the same for the last thirty years.
Thanks to MR for the link.