Poverty vs. inequality

Why Behavioral Approaches to Fighting Poverty Are So Controversial

Behavioral interventions geared at reducing poverty and inequality are inherently controversial. After all, if the problem is that Group A has a lot more money than Group B, why not give members of Group B more money? Why not attack the problem directly? So it’s no wonder that many of these interventions have been criticized for “blaming the victim,” for trying to “fix” poor people rather than address the system that caused them to be poor in the first place. On the other hand: People who grow up in impoverished settings may well develop behaviors and habits that make it harder for them to succeed in the real world — not because of any personal failing on their part, but because everyone is deeply influenced by their environment. ….[READ]