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National and international redistribution as tools for poverty reduction


  • Howard White

    (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK)


The World Development Report makes the case for redistribution but then fails to give adequate focus to redistributive policies as the core of anti-poverty strategies. Simple calculations show the power that small amounts of redistribution can have to reduce poverty at both the global and national levels. Mechanisms for global redistribution, through aid, trade, technology and immigration are inadequately utilized. National level policies should encompass the full range of assets and go beyond incremental redistribution. The capacity of the fiscal system to provide safety nets is also important. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Howard White, 2001. "National and international redistribution as tools for poverty reduction," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(3), pages 343-351.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:13:y:2001:i:3:p:343-351 DOI: 10.1002/jid.789

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    1. Malte Luebker, 2012. "Income Inequality, Redistribution and Poverty. Contrasting Rational Choice and Behavioural Perspectives," LIS Working papers 577, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
    2. Burnell, Peter, 2004. "Foreign Aid Resurgent: New Spirit or Old Hangover?," WIDER Working Paper Series 044, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Malte Luebker, 2014. "Income Inequality, Redistribution, and Poverty: Contrasting Rational Choice and Behavioral Perspectives," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 60(1), pages 133-154, March.
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    7. Michael Hubbard, 2001. "Attacking Poverty-a strategic dilemma for the World Bank," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(3), pages 293-298.
    8. Lübker, Malte., 2005. "Globalization and perceptions of social inequality," ILO Working Papers 993761673402676, International Labour Organization.
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    10. Rati Ram, 2007. "Roles of income and equality in poverty reduction: recent cross-country evidence," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(7), pages 919-926.

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