Redefining Poverty

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Feb 25, 2015
01:00 PM to 02:15 PM
116 Katz

Dr. Yapa Lakshman, Penn State

Dr. Lakshman’s current research project, Rethinking Urban Poverty in the United States, is an academic program that combines teaching, research, and service learning in West Philadelphia. He moves away from conventional economic and welfare approaches of poverty by defining it as a substantive question related to access—to transport, housing, nutrition, health-care, and so on. Lakshman’s research combines theories of economic development, postmodern discourse theory, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Despite the massive efforts at economic development, statistical evidence shows a troubling persistence of poverty and increasing inequality of income (both within and between nations). Reminiscent of a Kuhnian "crisis in the paradigm," development economists (and their principal Marxist critics) are not able to offer us a satisfactory explanation of the failure of development.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

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