Public Policy - Extraction • Direct taxes • Indirect...

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Public Policy Government’s Historic Role National defense Domestic tranquility General welfare Community building Government’s Modern Role Much larger than historic Education; transportation and other services Social and economic wellbeing Prosperity and economic growth- inflation and unemployment Redistribution (taxes, reform) Nightwatchman state vs. Welfare state Nightwatchman state = gatekeeping function. Don’t let criminals come in and steal. Laissez Faire state. Welfare state = The state is responsible for each and every person in the whole community. Regulatory State Not necessarily nightwatchman state or welfare state Government can make sanctions Government can give rewards
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Unformatted text preview: Extraction • Direct taxes • Indirect taxes • Borrowing Taxes as Percentage of GDP • Countries like Sweden, Denmark, and France use higher percentage of taxes, as us and Japan use lower percentage of taxes Distribution • From rich to poor • From poor to rich- ex: being in college • From young to old • From old to young- ex: older people with high incomes get taxed and help the poor young Percentage of Health Care Costs Paid by Government • Norway pays for about 97% of Health Care • We only pay for 44% of Health Care Explanation of Poverty • United States thinks that personal laziness explains poverty, while France believes social injustice explains poverty...
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course PSCI 1024 taught by Professor Taylor during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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