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Progress for the Poor

Lane Kenworthy


One of the principal goals of antipoverty efforts should be to improve the absolute living standards of the least well-off. This book aims to enhance our understanding of how to do that, drawing on the experiences of twenty affluent countries since the 1970s. The book addresses a set of questions at the heart of political economy and public policy: How much does economic growth help the poor? When and why does growth fail to trickle down? How can social policy help? Can a country have a sizeable low-wage sector yet few poor households? Are universal programs better than targeted ones? What rol ... More

Keywords: poverty, deprivation, living standards, well-being, social policy, antipoverty policy, redistribution, government transfers, public services, economic growth, universal, targeting, taxes, tradeoff

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lane Kenworthy, author
Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Arizona