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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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The Aim Is Not Spending Per Se

The Aim Is Not Spending Per Se

(p.89) 9 The Aim Is Not Spending Per Se
Progress for the Poor

Lane Kenworthy

Oxford University Press

Government social transfers account for a much larger share of GDP in Sweden and Denmark than in the United States. But the U.S. government distributes more benefits in the form of tax breaks rather than transfers than do the two Nordic countries; Denmark and Sweden tax back a larger portion of public transfers than the United States does; private social expenditures, such as those on employment-based health insurance and pensions, are greater in the United States; and America’s per capita GDP is larger. As a result, net public and private social expenditures per person are larger in the United States. Is this good news for the poor in the United States? Unfortunately, no. These adjustments change the story with respect to the aggregate quantity of resources that goes to social protection in the three countries, but they have limited bearing on poverty reduction and on the living standards of the poor.

Keywords:   Keywords: social policy, net social expenditures, private social expenditures, poverty

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