The Cost of Poverty in BC


This study finds that the costs of inaction are so large that they far exceed the costs of poverty reduction. Poverty is consistently linked to poor health, lower literacy, poor school performance for children, more crime, and greater stress for family members. It is society as a whole that bears the costs of poverty, through higher public health care costs, increased policing and crime costs, lost productivity, and foregone economic activity. This study quan- tifies these economic costs. 

Publication date: 
Jul 2011
Iglika Ivanova
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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