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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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Race and Redistribution

Race and Redistribution

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(p.133) Chapter 6 Race and Redistribution
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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:10.1093/0199267669.003.0006

This chapter examines the link between heterogeneity and social welfare spending in the United States and Europe. It argues that the homogeneity in Europe has made it difficult for opponents of welfare to demonise the poor as being members of some hated minority. Thus, redistribution was easier and more natural. On the other hand, the highly heterogeneous society in the United States has made it easy for welfare opponents to use racial and ethnic divisions to attack redistribution.

Keywords:   United States, Europe, heterogeneity, social welfare spending, redistribution, race relations

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