Nss Longman Economics Question Bank 'LINK'
Finding effective means to relieve poverty is a defining mission for development economics. To this end, a wide range of policy alternatives has been implemented. However, the benefits of many such efforts have been questioned. Some argue that political constraints on implementation deny the poor the benefits of redistributive efforts. Others suggest that benefits to the poor are undermined by disincentives to generate income. Worse still, these disincentives can afflict the nonpoor who try to qualify for assistance. This in turn leads policy analysts to question the wisdom of implementing redistributive policies at all, focusing instead on policies that promote economic growth. Combatting such pessimism requires empirical evidence that some redistributive policies have achieved their stated goals.
nss longman economics question bank