Redefining Poverty

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Apr 20, 2017
02:30 PM to 03:45 PM
012 Katz

Dr. Lakshman Yapa, Penn State

Dr. Yapa’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.

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