MyEconLab Concept Video
We’ve described the distribution of income and wealth in the United States and examined the five main sources of economic inequality. Our task in this final section is to study the redistribution of income by government.
How do governments redistribute income? What is the scale of redistribution? Why do we vote for policies that redistribute income? What are the challenges in designing policies that achieve a fair and efficient distribution of income and reduction of poverty?
The three main ways in which governments in the United States redistribute income are
Income maintenance programs
Income taxes may ...