That’s the title of my new book. In it I try to answer the following questions:
How much does economic growth benefit the poor? When and why does growth fail to trickle down?
How can social policy help? Is more social spending better for the poor?
Can a country have a sizeable low-wage sector yet few poor households?
Are universal programs better than targeted ones?
What role can public services play in antipoverty efforts?
What is the best tax mix?
Does improvement in the living standards of the least well-off require a sacrifice of other desirable outcomes?
I’d like to hear more about your views on targeting.