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Tales of Robin Hood (part 2): Are the poor too expensive? Redistribution and the welfare state

Income Wealth Taxation Policy Social issues Families Poverty Social security Europe Great Britain Australia

The welfare states of Australia and the United Kingdom share much, but not everything, as the first article in this series comparing the two countries showed. In this instalment, focus shifts to how taxes, cash benefits and services in-kind, such as health, education and housing, redistribute income between richer and poorer households. With case studies of two different kinds of young families and national survey data, a rich and complex picture of the impact of public social spending emerges.
Peter Whiteford focuses on John Hills' findings in Hills' acclaimed book Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us in part 2 of an 8-part series in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

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