Poor economics: Rethink on poverty?

PUBLISHED ON: July 22, 2011 | Duration: 7 min, 38 sec

  
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Why do the poor remain poor despite a million different strategies to counter poverty? Well, perhaps because policies that deal with poverty alleviation are often based on cultural and literary stereotypes of how the poor are "lazy or enterprising, noble or thievish, angry or passive, helpless or self-sufficient." And therefore we often rely on over simplistic policies with readymade formulae - "Free markets for the poor," "Make human rights substantial," "Give more money to the poorest." A new book, Poor Economics, tries to make one key point - let’s stop staring at data and theories, and understand instead the coherent story of how really poor people live their lives.
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