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Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool

Lane Kenworthy

in Progress for the Poor

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591527
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.003.0007
Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool

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Countries with larger public social expenditures tend to have less material deprivation. Public services are a key part of the story, but an often-overlooked one. Services improve the capabilities and employment prospects of people from disadvantaged homes and neighborhoods, and they directly boost living standards by expanding the sphere of consumption for which the cost is small or nil.

Keywords: public services; redistribution; consumptionChapter

Chapter.  1914 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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