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Who Benefits from the Nonprofit Sector?

This accessible study examines all the major elements of the nonprofit sector of the economy of the United States —health services, educational and research institutions, religious organizations, social services, arts and cultural organizations, and foundations—describing the institutions and their functions, and then exploring how their benefits are distributed across various economic classes. The book’s findings indicate that while few institutions serve primarily the poor, there is no evidence of a gross distribution of benefits upward toward the more affluent. The analysis of this data makes for a book with profound implications for future social and tax policy.

296 pages | 1 line drawing, 82 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Economics and Business: Business--Business Economics and Management Studies

Political Science: Public Policy

Sociology: Social Institutions

Table of Contents

1 The Distributional Consequences of Nonprofit Activities, Charles T. Clotfelter
2 Health Services, David S. Salkever and Richard G. Frank
3 Education, Saul Schwartz and Sandy Baum
4 Religious Organizations, Jeff E. Biddle
5 Social Services, Lester M. Salamon
6 Arts and Culture, Dick Netzer
7 Foundations, Robert A. Margo
8 Commentaries: Henry J. Aaron, Estelle James, and Frank Levy

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