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

Paperback | July 13, 2011

byAnirudh Krishna

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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 presents the first large-scale examination of 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 you on anillustrative journey, filled with facts, analyses, and the life stories of people who fell into abject poverty and others who managed to escape their seemingly predetermined fates. Letting a farmhand's son or daughter remain a farmhand, even though he or she is potentially the next Einstein, is atragedy that poor people witness time after time. Remedying this situation is crucial for making poverty history. This book addresses how equal opportunity can be promoted and how slum-born millionaires can arise in reality. Speaking to Barack Obama's message for more effective health care, One Illness Away feeds directly into current public debates. Learning from thousands of individual experiences, this bookpresents a clear agenda for action and provides more effective ways of keeping people out of micro poverty traps.

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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 presents the first large-scale examination of the reasons why people fall into poverty ...

Anirudh Krishna holds a Ph.D. in Government (Cornell, 2000) and a Masters in Economics (Delhi, 1980). His research investigates how poor communities and individuals cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. Krishna is author or co-author of five books and more than 30 peer-reviewed art...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.58 inPublished:July 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199693196

ISBN - 13:9780199693191

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Refilling the Pool of Poverty2. Poverty Flows3. The Rising-Falling Tide4. Reasons for Descent: The Health Poverty Trap5. Reasons for Escape: Diversification and Agriculture6. Connecting Capability with Opportunity: Investing in Information7. A Two-Pronged Strategy: Protection and OpportunityAppendix: Measuring Poverty: Testing Stages-of-Progress

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Review from previous edition: "A remarkable new study on poverty" --Akash Kapur, New York Times