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Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference

Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser

Abstract

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267668
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199267669.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alberto Alesina, author
Harvard University

Edward Glaeser, author
Harvard University