Progress for the Poor

Paperback | August 12, 2013

byLane Kenworthy

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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 universalprograms 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?

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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 pu...

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,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:August 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199676925

ISBN - 13:9780199676927

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Table of Contents

1. Raise the Floor2. Growth is Good for the Poor, if Social Policy Passes It On3. How Trickle Down Can Fail: the U.S. Case4. Generous Social Policy Reduces Material Deprivation5. Low Wages Need Not Mean Low Incomes6. Targeting May Not Be So Bad7. Public Services Are an Important Antipoverty Tool8. The Tax Mix Matters Less Than We Thought9. The Aim Is Not Spending Per Se10. Tradeoffs?11. The Politics of Helping the PoorAcknowledgmentsAppendix: Data Definitions and SourcesNotesReferencesIndex

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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 mademore readable by relegating the data discussion to an appendix and by using footnotes. Highly recommended." --J.F O'Connell, CHOICE