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Understanding Poverty

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Roland Bénabou, and Dilip Mookherjee

Abstract

This volume presents 28 essays on poverty by some of the leading experts in the field of economics. The book is divided into three sections, beginning with an essay about how poverty is measured. The first section is about the causes of poverty and its persistence, and the ideas range from the impact of colonialism and globalization to the problems of “excessive” population growth, corruption, and ethnic conflict. The second section is about policy: how should we fight poverty? The essays discuss issues such as how to get drug companies to produce more vaccines for the diseases of the poor, wh ... More

Keywords: poor, colonialism, globalization, population growth, corruption, ethnic conflict, diseases, microfinance, child labor, welfare policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195305191.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, author
MIT
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Roland Bénabou, author
Princeton University

Dilip Mookherjee, author
Boston University

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1 Measuring Poverty

Angus Deaton

PART I THE CAUSES OF POVERTY

3 Colonialism, Inequality, and Long-Run Paths of Development

Stanley L. Engerman & Kenneth L. Sokoloff

5 New Growth Approach to Poverty Alleviation

Philippe Aghion & Beatriz Armendáriz de Aghion

6 Globalization and All That

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

8 The Role of Agriculture in Development

Mukesh Eswaran & Ashok Kotwal

9 Fertility and Income

T. Paul Schultz

11 Corruption and Development

Jean-Jacques Laffont

PART II HOW SHOULD WE GO ABOUT FIGHTING POVERTY?

16 Child Labor

Christopher Udry

19 Public Goods and Economic Development

Timothy Besley & Maitreesh Ghatak

PART III NEW WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT POVERTY

24 Poor but Rational?

Esther Duflo

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