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One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How They Escape Poverty

Anirudh Krishna

Abstract

Why does poverty persist? A critical, but so far ignored, part of the answer lies in the fact that poverty is regularly created. Large numbers of people are escaping poverty, but large numbers are concurrently falling into chronic poverty. This book examines the reasons why people fall into poverty and how they escape it in diverse contexts. Drawing upon personal interviews with 35,000 households in different parts of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, and the United States, it takes the reader on an illustrative journey, filled with facts, analyses, and the life stories of people who fell into abjec ... More

Keywords: poverty, chronic poverty, India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, United States, Barack Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199584512.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anirudh Krishna, author
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA.