Originally published at: https://blog.12min.com/the-end-of-poverty-summary/
Economic Possibilities for Our Time
We need a new plan to distribute the worldly wealth if we want to secure and maintain economic prosperity.
“The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer” – the majority of people no longer support separation and injustice.
About Jeffrey D. SachsJeffrey D. Sachs is an economic expert, an author and the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
"The End of Poverty Summary"“The End of Poverty” is a book that arrives at the perfect moment. Economists will be thrilled by its uniqueness and comprehensiveness. Jeffrey D. Sachs has all the right in the world to share his opinion about the wealth distribution since he had the privilege of having the leading role in major economic “clashes” in the past 30 years.
Jeffrey was part of the team of experts that ended the hyperinflation in Bolivia. He also advised Poland how to secede from the Soviet Union (even though it was an independent country, the Soviet Politburo had a lot of influence on their state regulation) and communism.
In his extensive studies, Jeffrey implies that economic “Super Powers” must modify their worldly policies, if we want to end the depression and cut poverty.
In reality, many facts indicate that the distribution of wealth is anything but well-distributed. Here is some information that will give you a clue on how selfish and ignorant we are:
- Approximately, one billion Africans live on the verge of extinction.
- 20% of the worldly population have limited access to safe drinking water
- 30% of the population are from the middle-class, and they mostly live in the cities. This social group has a level of comfort that includes education, indoor plumbing, possession of cars, etc.
- 13% of the people are considered to be rich, but estimating wealthiness is a hard thing to do because being wealthy by global standards doesn’t always indicate the same result in your homeland.
Our job is to find out what is keeping these countries at the bottom of economic prosperity. In general, “social diseases” such as corruption, tribalism, lack of leadership skills, and capital are most eligible to bear the nickname “the stimulator of poverty.”
- Human Capital – lacking proper education, skills, know-how, and health.
- Industrialization – lacking the proper machinery for producing goods.
- Infrastructure Capital – Roads, electricity, telecommunications.
- Institutional Investments – Laws, government support, new regulations.
Key Lessons from “The End of Poverty”1. Scarcity of innovation 2. We must do something 3. The voice of the poor
Scarcity of innovationA small country in transition with a limited market will not have the means to support innovation. A real incentive can only derive from a good business climate, which is not usually the case.
If the country’s policies fail to create a favorable environment for attracting investors that will only deepen the crisis and endanger the economic growth.
We must do somethingMany countries are facing political instability and clashes due to economic stagnation. Ending poverty has never been more realistic than now.
The best thing to do is to embrace foreign capital to stimulate the economy.
The voice of the poorOur words will reach no one if the poor and weak don’t raise their voice against this social injustice.
Just like Nelson Mandela, everyone’s complaints will be heard – sooner or later.
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