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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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The Ideology of Redistribution

The Ideology of Redistribution

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(p.183) Chapter 7 The Ideology of 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:10.1093/0199267669.003.0007

This chapter examines the ideological beliefs of Americans and Europeans about poverty and income. Europeans are more likely to believe that the poor are trapped in poverty, and that their situation was due to forces beyond their control. Americans believe that the poor are not trapped in poverty, and that effort, rather than luck, determines income. It is argued that beliefs about poverty are not shaped by economic realities but by political realities in the United States and Europe.

Keywords:   United States, Europe, beliefs, ideology, redistribution, income mobility, poverty

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