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Poverty and Progress: Realities and Myths about Global Poverty

Deepak Lal (Author)

In this book, renowned development economist Deepak Lal draws on 50 years of experience around the globe to describe the developing-country realities and rectify misguided notions about economic progress. Part One of the book assesses realities by tracking growth through globalization, the rapid rate of change in standard-of-living indicators over the last half century, and how political economy affects economic growth rates in developing countries. In Part Two, Lal examines the myths and confusion about these countries, including World Bank calculations that exaggerate the extent of poverty; overstated claims made on behalf of microfinance; the resurrection of discredited theories, such as vicious circles of poverty; and the need for massive foreign aid to save Africa.

The book directly confronts intellectual fads of the West and dismantles a wide range of myths, numbers games, and faulty ideas that have obscured an astounding achievement: the unprecedented spread of economic progress around the world that is eliminating the scourge of mass poverty.

Contents: Introduction. Part I: Reality. 1. The ascent from mass poverty.2. The global spread of well-being. 3. Destitution, conjunctural poverty and income transfers. 4. Political economy. Part 2: Myths. 5. The numbers game. 6. Statistical snake oil. 7. Theoretical curiosities. 9. Saving Africa. 10. Global warming. Conclusion. Index.

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About the author

Deepak Lal

Deepak Lal is James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at University College London, and former Research Administrator at the World Bank. He has advised many governments and international agencies and is the author of numerous books on economic development and public policy, including In Praise of Empires (Palgrave Macmillan), The Poverty of Development Economic, and Unintended Consequences.

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Title Poverty and Progress: Realities and Myths about Global Poverty
Author Deepak Lal
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199458103
length 264p., Figures; Tables