Experiences of Direct Support

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

in Hunger and Public Action

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198283652
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596193 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Experiences of Direct Support

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The strategy of support‐led security is examined, reflected in the experiences of some selected countries, in particular, Sri Lanka, Chile, and Costa Rica. This strategy is distinguished by the use of public support (such as public health services, educational facilities, food subsides) to raise the standard of living without waiting for the country in question to achieve prosperity through sustained economic growth.

Keywords: basic health; Chile; Costa Rica; elementary education; persistent undernutrition; public support; Sri Lanka; standard of living; support‐led growth

Chapter.  13899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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