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Poverty and government transfers in the United States

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  • Dierk Herzer
  • Rainer Klump

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This article examines the long-term impact of government transfers on poverty in the United States using cointegration techniques. In contrast to most existing studies, we find that government transfers play an important poverty-reducing role.

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  • Dierk Herzer & Rainer Klump, 2010. "Poverty and government transfers in the United States," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(16), pages 1565-1569.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:16:p:1565-1569
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850903051516
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