Assistance to the Poor in a Federal System

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Charles Brown

University of Michigan; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Wallace E. Oates

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; Resources for the Future

Date Written: October 1985

Abstract

This paper explores the roles of different levels of government in assisting the poor. Using a model with utility interdependence, the paper presents some theoretical results on how levels of poor relief vary with the extent of mobility of the poor under both centralized and decentralized systems of support. After surveying the relevant empirical work and the experience under the English Poor Laws, the paper argues for a basic role for central government in this function.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Charles C. and Oates, Wallace, Assistance to the Poor in a Federal System (October 1985). NBER Working Paper No. w1715. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=338786

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