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    • Why Doesn't the United States Have a European-Style Welfare State? 

      Alesina, Alberto Francesco; Glaeser, Edward Ludwig; Sacerdote, Burce (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001)
      European countries are much more generous to the poor relative to the US level of generosity. Economic models suggest that redistribution is a function of the variance and skewness of the pre-tax income distribution, the ...