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Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267668
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199267669.001.0001
Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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This book explores the difference in the distributive policies of the United States and Europe. It seeks answers to why Americans are less willing than Europeans to redistribute from the rich to the poor. It finds that redistribution is influenced by political institutions, ethnic heterogeneity, and beliefs about the nature of poverty.

Keywords: United States; Europe; welfare policy; income redistribution; rich; poor; poverty

Book.  262 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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Introduction in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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Economic Explanations in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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Political Institutions and Redistribution in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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The Origin of Political Institutions in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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Race and Redistribution in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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The Ideology of Redistribution in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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Conclusions in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

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