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

The Prospects for Progress in Africa

By Marian L. Tupy. Reason.com. May 9, 2017.

Combining Capitalism and Charity to Empower Africa’s Poor

By Doug Bandow. Huffington Post. April 26, 2017.

The Feminist Side of Sweatshops

By Chelsea Follett. The Hill (Online). April 18, 2017.

Cato Studies

Twenty-Five Years of Indian Economic Reform

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Policy Analysis No. 803. October 26, 2016.

Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data to Better Measure Income: Implications for Poverty, Program Effectiveness, and Holes in the Safety Net

By Bruce D. Meyer and Nikolas Mittag. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 42. January 6, 2016.

The Pros and Cons of a Guaranteed National Income

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

Public Filings

Venezuela’s Tragic Meltdown

By Steve H. Hanke. Testimony. March 28, 2017.

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

Foreign Aid and Economic Development

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

A New Growth Agenda

Brink Lindsey. Policy Report. November/December 2015.

The Impact of Economic Inequality on Economic Freedom

Ryan Murphy. Cato Journal. Winter 2015.

Events

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

Featuring Johan Norberg, Ronald A. Bailey, and Marian L. Tupy. October 12, 2016. Book Forum.

Fall Fables and Fallacies: The Truth about Income Inequality

Featuring Michael D. Tanner and Peter Russo. September 9, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Poverty, Inc.

Featuring Ian Vásquez. April 4, 2016. Film Screening.