Rapid Policy Interventions

  • Paul Streeten


Rapid poverty alleviation has great political attractions. True, in the longterm, we are all dead, but some of us may not even survive the short term. Politicians live in the short term. It could also be argued that in so far as there is a long term, it consists of a series of short terms. About one-third of the poor are temporarily poor, so that intervention on their behalf has an important impact on poverty reduction. These facts point to the conclusion that concern for the short term is not only politically but also intellectually respectable.


Food Stamp Public Provision User Charge Private Provision Indicator Target 
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