A global effort has been devoted to reducing world poverty. Some claim poverty can be best combated by foreign aid. Others point to the importance of domestic policies, such as those that support or weaken economic freedom. We at Cato believe that there is a strong positive relationship between economic freedom and poverty reduction and call for more research in this area.

More on Poverty

Commentary

Nigeria’s Internal Insecurity State

By Doug Bandow. American Spectator (Online). March 28, 2014.

Why Development Economics Is Failing the Poor

By Dalibor Rohac. The Umlaut. February 26, 2014.

Costa Rica’s Wrong Turn

By Juan Carlos Hidalgo. The New York Times. January 31, 2014.

Cato Studies

Minimum Wages: A Poor Way to Reduce Poverty

By Joseph J. Sabia. Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 70. February 27, 2014.

Growth without Poverty Reduction: The Case of Costa Rica

By Juan Carlos Hidalgo. Economic Development Bulletin No. 18. January 23, 2014.

The Elephant That Became a Tiger: 20 Years of Economic Reform in India

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Development Policy Analysis No. 13. July 20, 2011.

Public Filings

Hearing on Poverty and Health

By Michael F. Cannon. Testimony. September 13, 2011.

Rising Food Prices: Budget Challenges

By Steve H. Hanke. Testimony. July 30, 2008.

Cato Reviews & Journals

How Can the World’s Poor Lift Themselves Up?

Policy Report. May/June 2013.

Events

The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success

Featuring Dalibor Rohac and Brink Lindsey. February 24, 2014. Book Forum.

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Featuring Ian Vásquez. December 3, 2013. Book Forum.

Poverty and Progress: Realities and Myths about Global Poverty

Featuring Deepak Lal and Ian Vásquez. June 18, 2013. Book Forum.