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Inequality & Poverty

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In the wake of the Los Angeles riots more than 20 years ago, Congress created an anti-poverty experiment called Moving to Opportunity. It gave vouchers to help poor families move to better neighborhoods and awarded them on a random basis, so researchers could study the effects.

African descendants and indigenous peoples in Latin America face higher poverty rates and are disproportionately represented among the poor.

In Uruguay, social spending reduces poverty. The aim of this paper is to compare its performance for children and the elderly. The main motivation is that in Uruguay, as in the rest of Latin America, poverty affects mostly children, even after the recent period of fall in poverty.

How are the benefits of economic growth shared across society? Much of the current discussion assumes that income inequality is rising, painting a gloomy picture of the rich getting richer while the rest of the world lags further and further behind. But is it really all bad news?

Here, I examine the level, redistributive impact and pro-poorness of government spending on education and health for thirteen developing countries from the Commitment to Equity project.

This paper uses the 2010/11 Income and Expenditure Survey for South Africa to analyze the progressivity of the main tax and social spending programs and quantify their impact on poverty and inequality.

Where Poverty Evidence is Most Needed: An Evidence Gap Map Shows What We Know

The International Initiative For Impact Evaluation (3IE) recently unveiled a USAID-funded Evidence Gap Map detailing what evidence exists on global productive safety net programs and where more evaluations are needed. Policymakers can easily choose focus areas such as social protection, financial services, and microenterprise support and match them with evidence available in 14 different outcome categories.

USAID's Evaluation Interest Group will host a webinar on the Evidence Gap Map Thursday, April 9th at 9 am EDT to discuss:

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 09:00 to 10:00

There is a consensus among poverty experts that over the past 50 years there has been some improvement in the condition of the poor.


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