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Title:Fiscal Federalism, Social Mobility, and Poverty Alleviation: Essays in Political Economy
Author(s):Dorsch, Michael T.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Gahvari, Firouz
Department / Program:Economics
Discipline:Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Economics, Theory
Abstract:The third essay on poverty alleviation treats welfare transfers as a public good which eliminates the public bad of poverty. Local governments establish minimum consumption thresholds for the poor, financed by proportional income taxation. Despite the fact that income transfers are negative for a majority of voters, redistribution to the poor is present in the political equilibrium due to the public good property of poverty alleviation. Using county-level demographic and government expenditure data from the US Census, I find empirical evidence to support the comparative static predictions of the model.
Issue Date:2008
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:103 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/85591
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337752
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008


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