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The Persistence of Poverty

Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can't Help the Poor


Charles Karelis (View Bio)
Hardcover: Yale University Press, 2007.

Visit the book's website at yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300120905.

In this important book, one of our boldest and most original thinkers charges that conventional explanations of poverty are mistaken, and that the anti-poverty policies built upon them are doomed to fail. Using science, history, fables, philosophical analysis, and common observation, Charles Karelis engages us and takes us to a deeper grasp of the link between consumption and satisfaction—and from there to a new and persuasive explanation of what keeps poor people poor. Above all, he shows how this fresh perspective can reinspire the long-stalled campaign against poverty.