Progress for the Poor

Progress for the Poor

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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 role can public services play in antipoverty efforts? What is the best tax mix? Is more social spending better for the poor? If we commit to improvement in the absolute living standards of the least well-off, must we sacrifice other desirable outcomes?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 12mm | 240g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199676925
  • 9780199676927
  • 1,421,982

About Lane Kenworthy

Lane Kenworthy studies the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, social policy, taxes, and public opinion in affluent countries. In addition to Progress for the Poor, he is the author of Jobs with Equality (Oxford University Press, 2008), Egalitarian Capitalism (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004),In Search of National Economic Success (Sage, 1995), and articles in various social science journals. He also writes on these topics at his blog, Consider the Evidence. He is professor of sociology and political science at the University of more

Table of contents

1. Raise the Floor ; 2. Growth is Good for the Poor, if Social Policy Passes It On ; 3. How Trickle Down Can Fail: the U.S. Case ; 4. Generous Social Policy Reduces Material Deprivation ; 5. Low Wages Need Not Mean Low Incomes ; 6. Targeting May Not Be So Bad ; 7. Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool ; 8. The Tax Mix Matters Less Than We Thought ; 9. The Aim Is Not Spending Per Se ; 10. Tradeoffs? ; 11. The Politics of Helping the Poor ; Acknowledgments ; Appendix: Data Definitions and Sources ; Notes ; References ; Indexshow more

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This brief, concise book looks at the available data for industrialized countries in an attempt to compare the well-being of the least well-off and the effects of various government taxing and income support programs ... The questions Kenworthy asks are most important ... This volume is made more readable by relegating the data discussion to an appendix and by using footnotes. Highly recommended. * J.F O'Connell, CHOICE d *show more

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