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

Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe A World of Difference In this timely study of the different approaches of America and Europe to the problems of domestic inequality and poverty the authors describe just how different the two continents are in the level o

  • Title: Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference
  • Author: Alberto Alesina Edward Glaeser
  • ISBN: 9780199286102
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this timely study of the different approaches of America and Europe to the problems of domestic inequality and poverty, the authors describe just how different the two continents are in the level of State engagement in the redistribution of income They discuss various possible economic explanations for the difference, including different levels of pre tax income, opennIn this timely study of the different approaches of America and Europe to the problems of domestic inequality and poverty, the authors describe just how different the two continents are in the level of State engagement in the redistribution of income They discuss various possible economic explanations for the difference, including 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, as well as, most importantly, attitudes to race.

    One thought on “Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference”

    1. 3.5 stars. Clear arguments, plenty of supporting evidence, and an interesting thesis. The historical and political arguments are a bit hard to take seriously, since they are outside of the authors' economic backgrounds, but generally this book is easily readable and would be useful for research or if you're looking for an academic book about why the United States didn't develop a strong welfare state.

    2. a couple economists discover political science & forget to cite them. weak empirics. might be a useful starting place for an undergrad class.

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