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Fighting Poverty in the US and EuropeA World of Difference$
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Alberto Alesina and Edward Glaeser

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199267669.001.0001

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Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data

Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data

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(p.15) Chapter 2 Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data
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Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe
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Alberto Alesina

Edward Glaeser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199267669.003.0002

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

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