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The Welfare State - A Cost Benefit Analysis The role of welfare within our society has always been controversial This problem emphasizes the need to understand the roles of variable factors when pertaining to the subject of welfare within our society The proposed analysis will address the phenomenon of welfare assistance and several factors which may contribute to the increase or decrease of welfare assistance to the poor in 4 ways 1 by defining major concepts and any other concepts about which there is likely to be misunderstanding 2 by further examining the past history pertaining to the subject of welfare assistance within the United States 3 by developing the formulation of a hypothesis which will provide for an explanation of welfare and finally 4 determining whether or not the benefits of welfare assistance outweigh the cost Ultimately the purpose of this research analysis is to investigate variable factors that may contribute to the increase or decrease of welfare assistance This cost benefit analysis is an attempt to explain the tentative assumptions of others pertaining to the subject of welfare in order to determine and explain the relationship of welfare to the economic cost and benefits Cost-Benefit Analysis Before welfare assistance can be analyzed there is a need to define the terms that will be used Policies like welfare assistance are worthwhile only if the benefits to society are greater than the costs When choosing among a set of policies the policy with the greatest net benefit benefit over cost should be chosen Hence this is where the term cost-benefit analysis comes from Cost-benefit analysis is a technique for determining the optimal level of an economic activity such as welfare In general an activity such as welfare assistance should be expanded as long as it leads to greater benefits than costs In purely economic terms does the benefit of welfare assistance justify the costs of welfare assistance
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