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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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(p.217) Chapter 8 Conclusions
Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

Alberto Alesina

Edward Glaeser

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some answers to the question: Why is the United States welfare state more limited than in Europe? It argues that the American welfare state did not develop as much as in Europe due to political institutions such as majoritarianism, federalism, and checks and balances. The impact of American ethnic heterogeneity, and different beliefs of Americans and European about the nature of poverty are also emphasised.

Keywords:   United States, Europe, welfare state, political institutions, ethnic heterogeneity, poverty

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