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Council issues stats on welfare research spending

Norwegian universities, colleges and research institutions spent five per cent of their total research budget on welfare research in 2011, a survey by the Forskningsrådet shows.

This is an equivalent of 1.1 billion Norwegian kroner (€146m) the survey, which was commissioned by Norway’s research council, the Forskningsrådet, shows. The study also found that welfare research spending is spread evenly among research institutions and universities.

The survey, which was presented on 10 April, was undertaken by the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (Nifu), an independent social science research institute. It found that welfare research money is mainly used for looking at the interaction between welfare systems, social institutions and family, and labour market conditions.

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