Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference / Edition 1

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Overview

"Based on careful and systematic analysis of national data, the authors describe just how much America and Europe differ in their level of State engagement in the redistribution of income. Discussing various possible economic explanations for the difference, they cover different levels of pre-tax income, openness, and social mobility; they survey politico-historical differences such as the varying physical size of nations, their electoral and legal systems, and the character of their political parties, as well as their experiences of war; and they examine sociological explanations, which include different attitudes to the poor and notions of social responsibility. Most importantly, they address attitudes to race, calculating that attitudes to race explain half the observed difference in levels of public redistribution of income." This analysis will captivate academic and serious lay readers in economics and welfare systems.
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"An important contribution to this enduring debate"--Region Focus

"In what ways, and why, are the United States and Europe so far apart in social policy? Alesina and Glaeser give us as definitive an answer to this fundamental question as we shall ever see."-George A. Akerlof, Nobel Prize Laureate

"This probing of the forces behind 'American exceptionalism', as measured by a much smaller welfare state than in Europe, is immensely important. The authors take a multi-discipline approach and consider many factors, including narrowly economic variables, political institutions, racial and ethnic diversity, the effects of wars, attitudes toward the poor, and still others. Their findings are sometimes surprising and frequently provocative. This monograph will quickly become the foundation of further literature on a subject of enormous significance."--Gary S. Becker, Nobel Prize Laureate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199286102
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/12/2006
  • Series: Rodolfo Debenedetti Lectures
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 977,797
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Redistribution in the United Sates and Europe: the data
3. Economic explanations
4. Political institutions and redistribution
5. The origin of political institutions
6. Race and redistribution
7. The Ideology of Redistribution
8. Conclusions
Index

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