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Poverty and Health: Defeating poverty by going to the roots

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  • Anirudh Krishna

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Poverty is dynamic in nature: even as some people move out of poverty, other people simultaneously fall into poverty. The poverty pool is being simultaneously both depleted and refilled. Anirudh Krishna argues that efforts for poverty reduction tend to focus exclusively on raising people out of poverty, and therefore will not be very successful unless poverty creation is also addressed. Ill health and high healthcare expenses are the principal reasons associated with falling into poverty; therefore, reducing poverty requires investing in better healthcare. Development (2007) 50, 63–69. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100359

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  • Anirudh Krishna, 2007. "Poverty and Health: Defeating poverty by going to the roots," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 50(2), pages 63-69, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:50:y:2007:i:2:p:63-69
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    2. Lentz, Erin C. & Barrett, Christopher B., 2013. "The economics and nutritional impacts of food assistance policies and programs," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 151-163.
    3. World Bank & Observatoire National de la Pauvreté et de l’Exclusion Sociale, 2014. "Investing in People to Fight Poverty in Haiti : Reflections for Evidence-based Policy Making
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