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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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Economic Explanations

Economic Explanations

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(p.55) Chapter 3 Economic Explanations
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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:10.1093/0199267669.003.0003

This chapter looks at the “economic” explanations for the difference in the distributive policies of the United States and Europe. It argues that purely “economic” explanations fail to provide useful insights on redistribution. It is shown that higher social mobility in the United States is a substitute for redistributive policies.

Keywords:   United States, Europe, redistributive policies, income redistribution, economics, social mobility

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