Missing the Big Picture on Poverty Reduction (Project-Syndicate)

China’s experience lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in just a few decades holds important lessons. First and foremost, while randomized controlled trials and the types of targeted programs they assess may have a role to play in fighting inequality, the most powerful poverty-reduction tool is economic growth.


Yuen Yuen Ang is a professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap and the forthcoming China’s Gilded Age.

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