Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Why Haiti is poor

There are surely many reasons why Haiti is so poor, even relative to other Caribbean nations. But US sugar import quotas are surely one of them.

It would be great if US politicians (and others) who purported to care about poor people would focus more of their attention and efforts on where the world's poor actually live, which is almost entirely in other countries. There are lots of things we can do, like getting rid of sugar price supports that would help people who are really, really badly off without having to spend more on problematic forms of foreign aid.

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