Edited by Marianne Fay
The urbanization of Latin America has also lead to the urbanization
of its poor. Today about half of the region's poor live in cities.
Yet the phenomenon of urban poverty is not one that is well studied or
well understood and policy makers across Latin America are increasingly
interested in policy advice on how to design programs and policies to
tackle poverty. Urban Poor in Latin America argues that the
causes of poverty, the nature of deprivation, and the policy levers to
fight poverty are to a large extent site-specific. As such, the book
looks at strategies to assist the urban poor in making the most of the
opportunities offered by cities (deeper labor markets, better amenities
and services, greater freedom, and possibly less discrimination) while
helping them cope with the negative externalities (high cost of housing
and difficulty of obtaining shelter; risks to physical safety
associated with pollution and environmental contamination, but also
crime and violence; other congestion costs, more isolation and possibly
less social capital).
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