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 chapter presents some answers to the question: Why is the United States welfare state more limited than in Europe? It argues that the American welfare state did not develop as much as in Europe due to political institutions such as majoritarianism, federalism, and checks and balances. The impact of American ethnic heterogeneity, and different beliefs of Americans and European about the nature of poverty are also emphasised.

Keywords: United States; Europe; welfare state; political institutions; ethnic heterogeneity; poverty

Chapter.  1761 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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