The next 19% owned 52% of the national wealth while the bottom 80% owned 15.5%.The bottom most 40% owned less than 1% of the national wealth.This skewed wealth difference ahs brought about class differences since the amount of wealth owned by an individual determines those they are going to associate with, the neighborhood of residence, and many other factors which perpetuate the social class differences.On the other hand the United States has different threshold to measure poverty with the poverty line set at $21,000 for a family of four in 2008 (cepr, 2008).The word poverty is quite relative especially when we consider the threshold of measuring poverty (Harrington, 1971).
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In conclusion, to solve poverty, and its many different dimensions, it is important to establish the nature of the poverty and how serious it actually is.However, the main issue is that the countries that have the wealth, relative and absolute poverty still exist.Obtaining the right welfare solutions would bring some people above the poverty line, although mismanaging these systems could see those already out of poverty falling below the line.The prospects of working also need to be more appealing than basically living off the welfare state to ensure people lift themselves out of poverty and hopefully stay that way but those still in poverty while working do require the extra financial assistance to escape poverty.For those in extreme po...
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It relates factor movement between areas where there is unfair distribution of wealth, which states that distribution does not have to be even.When the poor have property rights to land, they have the means to reducing poverty; this important strategy is the best a nation can employ (Rodríguez, 2000).They argue that total wealth should be included since it is a major component of economic welfare.Evidence of poverty can be seen almost everywhere, but most severe poverty exists in developing nations.The first one classifies Poverty as absolute poverty or relative poverty.
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Others do not agree to this statement even if there is poverty in the world because they might not care about other people and they consider themselves rich because they have more wealth than other people.The bible says we will never be able to get rid of poverty in the world because it is everywhere.Many Christians argue that rich people should be taxed to eradicate poverty and help the needy.Its is also true that there should be no rich people in a rich nation if there are people below the basic poverty line.The rich north just gets their wealth from poorer countries and take over them that’s why the country becomes poor.
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The traditional view on development focused more on the trickle down effect of wealth to the masses in to influence the real per capita GNP which was assumed to grow at a higher rate than the growth in population.In their view, economic development would be achieved through distribution of economic wealth to the people with an aim of enhancing the social well-being since the society was divided into haves and have-nots (Willis, 2005, p. 63).While the institutions influence the direction of transaction costs in the economy, wealth distribution impacts on the economic efficiency and thus creating influence on the developmental adjustments in the economy.Mookherjee and Ray (2001, p. 118) view that wealth distribution affects saving, investm...
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As a country develops, it acquires more capital, which leads to the owners of this capital having more wealth and income and introducing inequality.Wealth condensation .Here we say that countries with low levels of development have relatively equal distributions of wealth.This use requires that no one has a negative net wealth.Poverty is usually defined by a poverty line, ie if a household earns an income lower than a set amount, that household and its members are deemed to be living in poverty.
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However, when we take a broader view, we understand that it is through the first that the second objective can be achieved – while the benefits of economic growth must first fuel further economic growth and then be shared by all economic strata, the greater share must find its way to those at the very bottom of the pyramid, the economically disadvantaged, till we achieve the banishment of poverty.To us, it is a reminder that we have not yet been able to eradicate poverty – the state in which more than a third of our population exists, without the minimum in food, clothing, shelter and dignity.Clearly, then, it is only when we have eradicated poverty, that we should consider ourselves developed in the true sense.This is why sociologists, ...
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Lack of job training, education, child care, criminal background, and government funding are just a few that contribute to poverty.Children that live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to have developmental delays or learning disabilities than those who don’t live in poverty.( Dosomething.org) It has become a harsh reality that seven percent of children, and young adults will drop out of school due to poverty conditions while wealthier children will not.They also generally levy higher taxes on their citizens, particularly on the wealthiest, to finance these programsRead more: Wealth and Poverty: What’s the Government’s Role?This is considered poverty level.
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Wealth is often distributed to a limited group of people, the wealth in such poor countries is often skewed e.g one is either extremely wealthy or extremely poor, thus leaving the majority of the country in a state of poverty and unemployment.One billion children live in poverty, six hundred and forty million don’t have sufficient shelter, four hundred million don’t have access to safe water, two hundred and seventy million have no access to health services and nearly eleven million died in 2003 before they reached the age of five (Shah, 2013).Economic growth and global trade are crucial to reduce poverty in the long term, but in order to continually reduce global poverty both trade and aid are fundamental.Administration can be full of c...
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The unequal distribution of wealth also makes it difficult for the poor to get out of poverty.Many factors contribute to the cause of the problems that the unequal distribution of wealth creates.Marx and Galbraith offer simple solutions, such as progressive taxes and a minimum income for families, which would help to end the unequal distribution of wealth.The unequal distribution of wealth also makes the living conditions of the less fortunate undesirable, because the upper class is usually concerned about gaining and maintaining their own wealth first and concerned about others second.Most people are too worried about keeping there own wealth in order to try to help out those who are in poverty.
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Hard work is necessary not only to overcome poverty but also to maintain wealth since being lazy encourages poverty trapping.In Sub-Saharan countries, the better off countries like South Africa and Nigeria among others can help a lot in eradicating the chronic poverty in the region if they can engage in cross countries equality promotion because their income is higher than the other countries thus equality can be achieved by collectively acting against inequality and poverty in general.In Sub-Saharan countries there is high inequality, where by instead of saving, the income wealth is wastefully consumed.This has encouraged poverty persistence giving no room to eradicate poverty.This is the reason why you will see that despite the fact th...
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According to Anup Shah “around the world, in rich and poor nations, poverty has always been present.” (Poverty Around The World, by Anup Shah) .People are the real wealth of nations.Causes of Poverty.Literacy plays a very large part in the wealth of any and every nation as it helps the people of the nation, and this is backed up by Anup Shah who quotes from what is Human Development?, Human Development Reports, United Nations Development Program.What does poverty lead to?
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It is structural because historically the economic conditions have been created, socially and politically to consign to a great number of the population of its participation in the production and wealth of the country.Therefore we can firmly say: that the external debt has had an impact In Ecuador’s Economic development.The policy of the external indebtedness, from the economic and legal point of view, has had faults as much in its application as in its fulfillment, cause of which the external resources entered the country to finance their way, they do not have an optimal use, specific and productive, and on the contrary they have meant at certain moment a serious limiting economic growth for the country.The concentration of wealth and w...
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The effects of these measures by the foreign powers on this Caribbean nation had a great effect on the economy and the effects are still being felt up to this time through the widespread poverty that has affected this country for so long.(Foster, C and Valdman, A 1984) References Dupuy, A (1999) Haiti in the World Economy, Westview Press Tata, R (1982) Haiti Land of Poverty, University Press of America Fass, S (1990) Political Economy in Haiti, The Drama of Survival, Transactional Books Coupeau, S (2004) History of Haiti, Greenwood Publishing Group Dayon, J (1998) Haiti: History and the Gods, University of California Foster, C and Valdman, A (1984) Haiti Today and Tomorrow, University Press of America .This further condemned the Haitia...
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The fact that these capitalist know what to do with the money that they have, they are able to come up with ways by which they can still increase the wealth that they already posses.How can people escape this poverty trap?Wealth has its advantages, poverty its disadvantages.It is only when the society learns to share the wealth in an equal manner will the theories pertaining to social Darwinism be eliminated.Experts claim that during the past ten years, the number of people below the poverty line in India has gone down from 39 percent to 26 percent and that Asia as a whole has seen a similar improvement.
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A duty on the estate itself, not on its beneficiaries, the 1898 tax served as a precursor to the present Federal estate tax Rates of tax ranged from 0.75% to 15% which depend both on the size of the estate and on the relationship of legatee to decent (See B. W. Johnson and M. B. Eller, “Federal Taxation of Inheritance and Wealth Transfers”).She also compared poverty like a war because poverty can kill or main individual.The poverty in United States rarely generates a heated public debate and it motivates few demonstrations especially by the middle class and no candlelight vigils (See R. Spivek, “The Violence of Poverty: Remarks to Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting”.Two of the four regions have shown increases in the number of people in pover...
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All of us are entitled to share of the wealth in the world and state of inequality is brought about by unjustifiable resource redistribution system.The wealth nations continue to be rich while the poor nations continue to be poor.He argues on how the rich considers it their right to be rich while the poor looks upon the rich to assist them from poverty.While the rich nations strive to remain rich, the poor nations are doing their best to move out of poverty.Does the poor nations have the right to be admitted to the rich nation?
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This unfair distribution of wealth, power and often land creates conflict, as those with the advantage battle the disadvantaged in order to maintain their advantages.The World Bank concurs with these ideas, as does the World Trade Organization who state that ‘poor people within a country generally gain from trade liberalization.’ The orthodox approach to development, portrayed by international regimes including the World Trade Organization, World Bank and United Nations involves liberalizing trade and creating empowerment in order to create faster economic growth, which in turn helps to alleviate poverty.In 2000 these goals were updated and the United Nations Millennium Declaration committed all countries to doing everything possible to ...
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While Karl Marx suggested on eradication of the alienation of workers from their labor in order to achieve excellent economic condition of societies, Adam Smith discussed about how a nation can achieve wealth through the business of export and import duties collection which makes him founder of modern economics.The work “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” is about import and export restrictions as a means by which nations gain wealth.The two economists differ in stations of life as Karl Marx apparently lived in poverty while preparing his philosophical writings and Adam Smith was considered to belong in a wealthy family.At that time, he wrote “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” w...
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Theoretically economies would slowly ‘take-off’ because of the free-market and from there on the wealth would work its way down to the people actually living in absolute poverty.If hunger is a cause and effect of poverty and food is a basic human right, then theoretically every country should be doing everything within their power to reduce poverty and create a well-nourished world.‘Relative poverty’ is poverty within a country.Voicelessness/powerlessness is a cause and effect of poverty because people living in absolute poverty often have no political power and are subjected to exploitation by the state.The term absolute poverty signifies a population that is living below $1 (U.S) a day; therefore over 1.2 billion people on Earth are li...
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Poverty have induced several predicaments that hindered the growth of the citizens of Haiti and Haiti itself.Despite the humanitarian efforts, Haiti was still under enormous fundamental social problems such as poverty (BBC Country Profile:Haiti).More so, poverty is the result of the government’s insufficiency to provide the needs and wants of its people.The reason behind this crisis is rooted in poverty.“Haiti:Poverty and Wealth.” 2007.
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Leaders who aim at amassing wealth and power perpetrate human rights violations.This would increase worker productivity and as a result attract more foreign aid and create additional wealth.Sachs argued that poor countries could alleviate poverty by using international aid to invest in health, technology, education, and infrastructure (Lancaster 43).Poverty has increased, revealing the great role played by international aid in poor countries.Citizens continued to wallow in poverty while the world watched.
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Pogge states that the wealth that the economic leaders would get are not being shared with the rest of the nation.In this, McMillan states that even though it would give a substantial amount to those in need, it would not bode well to take all of the wealth that millionaires make.Despite this, McMillan still states that he believes that economic growth is what should be focused on to increase the wealth in a country.Pogge brings up the point that not when richer countries purchase land or goods from the leaders of poorer countries, the wealth is not always distributed to the people.Even though McMillan makes the argument that sharing the global wealth would not help these nations, I disagree.
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According to official data , percentage of households living below poverty line across all ethnics groups has been reduced from 49.3% in 1970 to 17.1% in 1990 and in 2009 overall poverty had been reduced ti 3.8%.In 1970 , at that point of time ; the recorded number of households living in poverty was 49.3%.Based on factual information , the NEP managed to reduce poverty.About 74% were Malay , 17% were Chinese and 8% were Indian , recorded living in poverty.For example , many people would be surprised to learn that in 1970 , the Bumiputeras had only 2.4% of the nation wealth.
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In 1999, poverty levels remained as high as 43.8%.The main cause of poverty is unequal distribution of wealth.Poverty in Latin America does not affect its nations only but the entire world.Latin American countries have increased their dependence on rich western nations leading to an increase in poverty.They possessed great wealth but were not concerned with the inequitable distribution of property.
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The concept of poverty in the United Kingdom is different from that of developing nations.The public in the UK has tended to be more judgmental about those living in poverty than people in many other countries – being more likely to say, for example, that poverty is due to ‘laziness and lack of will-power’, rather than to ‘injustice in our society’.It now becomes a problem that is passed on from generation to generation because power and wealth is more often than not, passed on only among families.The face of poverty in the UK is different from the face of poverty in developing countries, the underlying causes, and the impact that poverty has on people, can be very similar (No Author, No Date).Inequalities of power and wealth, and a lack...
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I do not fully disagree with the points presented by Peter Signer, but, I feel that industrialized nations such as America are facing their own problems that must be resolved first before we can start worrying about other nations.How can one nation help another, if that nation is suffering from the same conditions?According to the Human poverty index, the United States ranked 16th, which is one rank below the United Kingdom (Thoren & Warner, pg.Many people forget that many of those individuals who have accumulated vast amounts of wealth did so through running a successful business, which, in some instances, employs a great number of people.For example, approximately 1 in 8 Americans live below the poverty line, in saying this; the qu...
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Significant interactions are present between rural/urban poverty and sex, race, and family status.Contrary to the general belief, poverty is beyond materials wealth .The above special does not negate the fact that poverty is responsible for the level of unhappiness in the world.and poverty (which is synonymous with sadness) in any one person’s life.“time and time again, studies have shown that once you reach a certain standard of living, happiness becomes dependent, not so much on absolute wealth as relative wealth.
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Furthermore, the new dimensions of the National Vision Policy which are developing Malaysia into a knowledge based economy; generating endogenously driven growth through strengthening domestic investment; increasing the dynamism of the agriculture, manufacturing, & services sectors; addressing pockets of poverty as well as increasing the income and quality of life of those in the lowest 30 percent income category; achieving effective Bumiputera participation as well as equity ownership of at least 30 percent by 2010; increasing the participation of Bumiputera in the leading sectors of the economy and reorientation human resource development to support a knowledge based society.The objective of the New Economic Policy (NEP) is to brin...
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Surprisingly, the United States which is known as wealth country has higher rates of poverty than most other developed countries.There are 3 measures that commonly used to measuring poverty; incidence of poverty (headcount index), depth of poverty (poverty gap), and poverty severity (squared poverty gap).’ .UN agencies involved in other poverty alleviation in developing countries including the United Nations Children’s Fund, a program created specifically for children affected by poverty.Poverty – Definition Of Poverty, Global Poverty, Measuring Poverty, Welfare Response, Categories Of Dependence, Weakened Families And Kinship Systems.Social protection is a core part of development policy to fight poverty and improve equity.’National gov...
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