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Are We Serious About Reducing Poverty? Then We Need To Welcome Immigrants (Forbes)
October 19, 2018
By Art Carden
From the article:
According to a March 2018 Center for Global Development working paper by the economist Lant Pritchett, the least you can do for the world's poor--leaving them alone and letting them move to rich countries to work--will help them a lot more than the best you can do for the world's poor in the form of programs and interventions and development aid. In spite of all of our great intentions and noble endeavors, the world's poor would be far better served if we simply left them alone to move to and work in rich countries.
At EconLog, Bryan Caplan argues that Pritchett's paper "should be required reading for every Effective Altruist." I agree, and I would carry it a step further: anyone who thinks himself or herself serious about addressing and alleviating global poverty should read Pritchett's paper and wrestle with its arguments. After years of searching high and low for ways wealthy donors, governments, and NGOs from rich countries can make poor people wealthier and healthier, we've found...not a whole lot. Some things (like giving cash) work at least a little bit, but not much has been particularly transformative.