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

Assessing the GOP Candidates’ Plans on Poverty

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). May 20, 2015.

Baltimore Burning: It’s Not a Matter of Money. We Tried That

By Michael D. Tanner. Newsweek. May 7, 2015.

Poverty, Despair, and Big Government

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). April 29, 2015.

Cato Studies

The Pros and Cons of a Guaranteed National Income

By Michael D. Tanner. Policy Analysis No. 773. May 12, 2015.

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.

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

The Impact of Economic Inequality on Economic Freedom

Ryan Murphy. Cato Journal. Winter 2015.

If Everything Is Getting Better, Why Are People So Pessimistic?

Policy Report. January/February 2015.

The Psychology of Pessimism

Steven Pinker. Cato's Letter. Winter 2015.

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.