Learning Objectives

After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between measures of poverty such as GDP PPP, HDI, SDGs, and GINI.
  • Contrast competing explanations for why some countries are poor.
  • Describe different theories of what poor countries should do.
  • Adjudicate between opposing arguments on foreign aid.
  • Understand recent innovations in the study of poverty, including cash transfers and the use of experiments to study development interventions.