Mercatornet: Fatherhood Affects Poverty

Posted By on November 30, 2016

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Editor’s Note: We take exception to the author’s suggestion that governments can in part alleviate poverty through job creation and subsidies. Such actions require the impoverishment of others through unlawful taxation. Charity belongs to the church and private individuals not the state.

According to the World Bank, in the year 2015 the extreme poverty rate (less than $2/day) around the world allegedly dropped below 10% for the first time. Although this is good progress, extreme poverty, for 702 million people, remains an international crisis. We know that women and children are deeply impacted socially and academically by living in poverty.

…we can approach the plague of poverty by setting goals and prescribing ideas that primarily treat symptoms . . . or we can see the bigger picture and find ways to root out the source of the problem. Some ideas may include simply raising the minimum wage and creating more stable, well-paid jobs—but they can only go so far in treating the symptoms of poverty. Besides, we need competent, educated individuals who can qualify for such jobs. The deeper poverty problem (or infection) may be rooted in the state of the family.  

In the overwhelming majority of divorce cases in many countries, custody of the children is given to the mother. Although children who are victims of divorce still have a father, the severing of their parents’ marriage often severs the consistent influence from the father. This has had devastating effects—especially in the economic realm,

If one does not have a good grasp of economics and social science one might assume that poverty is driving the family breakdown rather than the other way around.

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