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Progress for the Poor$
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Lane Kenworthy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199591527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.001.0001

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Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool

Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool

(p.63) 7 Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool
Progress for the Poor

Lane Kenworthy

Oxford University Press

Countries with larger public social expenditures tend to have less material deprivation. Public services are a key part of the story, but an often-overlooked one. Services improve the capabilities and employment prospects of people from disadvantaged homes and neighborhoods, and they directly boost living standards by expanding the sphere of consumption for which the cost is small or nil.

Keywords:   public services, redistribution, consumptionChapter

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