The causes of poverty
Syllabus: Explain possible causes of poverty, including low incomes, unemployment and lack of human capital.
Section 4 of the syllabus considers a number of issues relating to the causes of absolute poverty in developing countries.
As far as the causes of relative poverty in developed countries are concerned, read the following resource provided by Child Poverty Action Group (You can read this in the web window below or follow the previous link to open the site in a new web window).
Syllabus: Explain possible consequences of poverty, including low living standards, and lack of access to health care and education.
Watch the following video clip on poverty in the USA and answer the following questions.
- Identify the extent of relative poverty in the USA.
- Describe the main causes of relative poverty in the USA.
- Analyse the impact of being in relative poverty in the USA.