Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe A World of Difference

ISBN-10: 0199286108

ISBN-13: 9780199286102

Edition: 2005

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Description: As events highlight deep divisions in attitudes between America and Europe, this is a very timely study of different approaches to the problems of domestic inequality and poverty. Based on careful and systematic analysis of national data, the authors describe just how much the two continents 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 important and provocative analysis will captivate academic and serious lay readers in economics and welfare systems.

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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation (MIT Press, 2004) and coeditor (with Christopher Udry) of Readings in Development Microeconomics, Volumes I and II (MIT Press, 2000).Alberto Alesina is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economics at Harvard University. He is the coauthor (with Enrico Spolaore) of The Size of Nations (MIT Press, 2003).

Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a research associate and director of the Urban Economics Working Group at the NBER.

Acknowledgments
List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction
Redistribution in the United States and Europe: The Data
Economic Explanations
Political Institutions and Redistribution
The Origin of Political Institutions
Race and Redistribution
The Ideology of Redistribution
Conclusions
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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