Inequality and Social Welfare
How America Compares offers data and analysis on an encyclopedic range of social indicators, comparing the United States with 17 other politically stable, economically affluent democracies. Occasionally, there are more global perspectives, but most of the book examines commonalities and contrasts among these advanced democracies. These countries show very different degrees of inequality and relative poverty rates, and different amounts of spending on social welfare. The biggest area of welfare spending is on the aged, while a growing area involves spending on people with disabilities.