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Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198283652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198283652.001.0001

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Experiences of Direct Support

Experiences of Direct Support

(p.226) 12 Experiences of Direct Support
Hunger and Public Action

Jean Drèze (Contributor Webpage)

Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The strategy of support‐led security is examined, reflected in the experiences of some selected countries, in particular, Sri Lanka, Chile, and Costa Rica. This strategy is distinguished by the use of public support (such as public health services, educational facilities, food subsides) to raise the standard of living without waiting for the country in question to achieve prosperity through sustained economic growth.

Keywords:   basic health, Chile, Costa Rica, elementary education, persistent undernutrition, public support, Sri Lanka, standard of living, support‐led growth

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