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Tag: poverty trap

Lack of aspirations as a poverty trap
Sayantan Ghosal
Posted on: 10 Jun 2013

Much of the literature on chronic poverty focuses on external constraints as impediments to escaping the poverty trap. A new strand of research suggests psychological factors such as a lack of aspirations and low self-esteem could reinforce these traps. This column presents results from an ongoing study that demonstrates that it is possible to change these psychological factors.
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Boosting shared prosperity in South Asia
Ejaz Ghani , Lakshmi Iyer , Saurabh Mishra
Posted on: 04 Mar 2013

Two-thirds of the poor in India and other South Asian countries live in the lagging regions. This column examines whether there are poverty traps that make it difficult to achieve shared prosperity, and if the current fiscal decentralisation arrangements in South Asia are working to the benefit of the poor regions. It highlights the need for shifting the locus of policy from the national to sub-national level, and from leading to lagging regions.
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The root of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs
Anirudh Krishna
Posted on: 26 Oct 2012

While natural disasters and political turmoil rightly grab our attention, this column shows that it is everyday events that drag most people into poverty. For many, the first of these is illness and this column argues that this is where the first battle lines against poverty must be drawn. People need more affordable, accessible, and higher quality healthcare.
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The resurgence of poverty
Anirudh Krishna
Posted on: 09 Sep 2012

Policymakers who aim only at lifting people out of poverty miss an essential fact: even as many people move out of poverty, many others fall back into it. This column argues that tackling poverty requires not only helping the existing poor, but also preventing the growth of future poverty.
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