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

Pope Francis’ Admirable War on Poverty

By Nat Hentoff. Cato.org. October 1, 2014.

I’m Trying to Solve a Decades Old Mystery: How Many People Were Killed by China’s Great Famine?

By Mao Yushi. Washington Post. September 1, 2014.

Nigeria’s Internal Insecurity State

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

Cato Studies

War on Poverty Turns 50: Are We Winning Yet?

By Michael D. Tanner and Charles Hughes. Policy Analysis No. 761. October 20, 2014.

Misallocation, Property Rights, and Access to Finance: Evidence from within and across Africa

By Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan and Bent E. Sørensen. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 7. August 6, 2014.

Minimum Wages: A Poor Way to Reduce Poverty

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

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 Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Featuring William Easterly and Ian Vásquez. May 6, 2014. Book Forum.

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.