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The Idea of Antipoverty Policy

Martin Ravallion

NBER Working Paper No. 19210
Issued in July 2013

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For comments the author thanks Robert Allen, Tony Atkinson, Pranab Bardhan, Francois Bourguignon, Denis Cogneau, Sam Fleischacker, Pedro Gete, Karla Hoff, Ravi Kanbur, Charles Kenny, Sylvie Lambert, Peter Lindert, Will Martin, Alice Mesnard, Branko Milanovic, Johan Mistiaen, Thomas Pogge, Gilles Postel-Vinay, John Rust, Agnar Sandmo, Amartya Sen, Dominique van de Walle and participants at presentations at the World Bank, the Midwest International Economic Development Conference at the University of Wisconsin Madison, the Paris School of Economics, the Canadian Economics Association and the 12th Nordic Conference on Development Economics. The paper’s title owes a debt to Gertrude Himmelfarb’s (1984), The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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