Help the Poor. Go Buy Something From Them.

By Daniel Akst

From John Cassidy's forthcoming book, How Markets Fail: "In China between 1981 and 2005, according to a recent study by researchers at the World Bank, the poverty rate fell from 84 percent to 22 percent, a drop of almost two thirds. By the end of the period more than 600 million Chinese had been lifted out of poverty."

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2009/09/help-the-poor-go-buy-something-from-them/27442/