The Two Poverties
31 Pages Posted: 31 May 2001
Date Written: March 9, 2000
There are at least two distinct and inconsistent views of poverty. These views, which can be called "poverty as desperation" and "poverty as vulnerability", have different implications about anti-poverty policy. It is important to confront the conflict between them before data can be applied to tell us whether any of the views are right or even interesting.
JEL Classification: D31, I32, I38.
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