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Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199267669.003.0002
Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data

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This chapter examines redistribution from the rich to the poor in the United States and Europe. It analyses macroeconomic variables on the spending side of the government budget, and specific redistributive programs. It considers the Luxembourg income study, which provides a survey of income sources for a sample of households in various countries. It argues that the poor are better treated in Europe than in the US.

Keywords: redistribution; rich; poor; United States; Europe; income; welfare; government spending

Chapter.  11587 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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