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


Want a More Equal Society? Be Careful What You Wish for

By Ryan Bourne. City A.M.. February 14, 2017.

Misery Index: the World’s Saddest (and Happiest) Countries

By Steve H. Hanke. Forbes. February 9, 2017.

Universal Basic Income Is Neither Desirable Nor Practical

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Economic Times (India). August 31, 2016.

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

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. Foreign Aid and Economic Development.

A New Growth Agenda

Brink Lindsey. Policy Report. A New Growth Agenda.

The Impact of Economic Inequality on Economic Freedom

Ryan Murphy. Cato Journal. The Impact of Economic Inequality on Economic Freedom.


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.