Economics Lecture 101 - Poverty and Welfare Programs for Dummies: Course 15

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The effect of social welfare on poverty is controversial. Since the goal of welfare programs is to reduce poverty, it has been debated, primarily in the United States, whether or not welfare programs achieve this goal.[1][2] Proponents argue welfare has reduced poverty in developed countries while opponents argue welfare creates a negative incentive to not find work and thus sustains or even creates poverty. Contents [hide] 1 Proponents of welfare reducing poverty 1.1 Table of welfare effect on poverty reduction 1.2 Table of poverty levels pre and post welfare 2 Opponents of welfare reducing poverty 3 Public opinion 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References Proponents of welfare reducing poverty[edit] See also: Welfare state Relatively modest increases in benefit levels for programs that assist nonworking individuals and low-income workers might well be sufficient to bring the United States into line with...the other affluent nations in its degree of poverty reduction. —Lane Kenworthy[3] Studies have shown that in welfare states poverty decreases after countries adopt welfare programs.[3]Empirical evidence suggests that taxes and transfers considerably reduce poverty in most countries whose welfare states commonly constitute at least a fifth of GDP.] In 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development asserted that welfare spending is vital in reducing the ever expanding global wealth gap

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