Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser

in Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267668
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602153 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the topics discussed in this volume, which seeks to find an answer to why Americans are less willing than Europeans to redistribute from the rich to the poor. It discusses the economic, political, social, attitudinal, and historical differences between the United States and Europe. It argues that the differences between the two sides are deeply rooted in culture and attitude.

Keywords: United States; Europe; redistribution; economics; political structure; race; culture; attitudes

Chapter.  4499 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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