Think 13 (37):73-76 (2014)

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Ole Martin Moen
University of Oslo
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In this paper it is argued that we should not give money to beggars. Rather than spending our welfare budget on the people whom we happen to pass by on the street, we should spend it on those who are genuinely poor and who can be helped the most with each pound that we give. A pound given to a beggar in a Western country, it is argued, is a pound spent on someone who is relatively well off. That pound, if spent better, could have rescued the life of a starving child in another part of the world
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