Poverty

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Are Cash Transfers the Best Way to Alleviate Global Poverty?

Speakers: Chris Blattman and Paul Niehaus
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Noted development experts Paul Niehaus, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, and president of GiveDirectly, a nonprofit organization that makes unconditional cash grants directly to the poor, and Chris Blattman, assistant professor at Columbia University, discuss whether cash transfers are the best tool we have to combat global poverty.

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The Economic Roots of the Arab Spring (Audio)

Speaker: Hernando de Soto
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, discusses how economic factors, including formal and informal markets, property rights, entrepreneurship, and access to credit, contributed to the Arab uprisings.

This meeting is cosponsored with CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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Backgrounder Author: Steven J. Markovich

Income inequality is generating high-level attention and debate in the United States, but the causes are complex and the policy remedies so far are modest, explains this Backgrounder.

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