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The Two Poverties

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  • Abhijit Banarjee

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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 this conflict and to try to devise empirical stategies which will help us distinguish between these views.

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  • Abhijit Banarjee, 2000. "The Two Poverties," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 26, pages 129-141.
  • Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:26:y:2000:p:129-141
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    1. Townsend, Robert M, 1994. "Risk and Insurance in Village India," Econometrica, Econometric Society, pages 539-591.
    2. Oded Galor & Joseph Zeira, 1993. "Income Distribution and Macroeconomics," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 60(1), pages 35-52.
    3. Patrick Legros & Andrew F. Newman, 1992. "Wealth Effects," Discussion Papers 1024, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
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    1. Santos, Paulo & Barrett, Christopher B., 2006. "Informal Insurance in the Presence of Poverty Traps: Evidence from Southern Ethiopia," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25487, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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