Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe

  title={Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe},
  author={Alberto F. Alesina and Edward L. Glaeser},

Essays on the Redistributive Consequences of Democratic Constitutions

Why do some democracies redistribute more than others? In this dissertation, I examine how executive-legislative and electoral institutions, two fundamental dimensions in the design of democratic

Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, and Redistribution

Why is public spending considerably lower in presidential than in parliamentary democracies? This paper proposes and tests a new argument to explain dierences in scal policies between presidential

Inequality and the Partisan Political Economy

ABSTRACT Inequality is shown to shape public policies with significant redistributive ramifications. As a measure of the poor median voter's dissatisfaction with the economic status quo, some

Cultural Differences in Monetary Policy Preferences

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Fairness, social norms and the cultural demand for redistribution

Observing during childhood how adults have collectively failed to implement fair redistributive policies lowers the concern during adulthood for fairness or the moral cost of not supporting fair taxation, which explains why immigrants from countries with a preference for greater redistribution continue to support higher redistribution in their destination country.

Sympathy for the Diligent and the Demand for Workfare

We study the role of fairness concerns in the demand for redistribution through workfare. In the first part of the paper, we present new evidence from a survey. We show that individuals are more

Immigration Attitudes and Support for the Welfare State in the American Mass Public

In this article, we explore the relationship between Americans’ attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and their attitudes toward welfare. Using data from the Cumulative American National

Immigration and Welfare Support in Germany

In recent years, several international-comparative studies have analyzed the relationship between migration and native populations’ decreasing support for redistributive policies. However, these

Revisiting the relationship between welfare spending and income inequality in OECD countries

The present paper estimates the effects of welfare interventions on income inequality. We propose a theoretical model showing that welfare policies follow the median voter constituency regardless of