An Examination of the Baha'i teachings on shared prosperity and poverty eradication

By Wendi Momen

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #125
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
June 30 – July 3, 2014
(see list of papers from #125)

published in Lights of Irfan, volume 16, pages 199-222
under new title
" Shared Prosperity: How Does That Work?"
© 2015, ‘Irfán Colloquia

        The goal of shared prosperity captures two key elements, economic growth and equity. Without sustained economic growth, poor people are unlikely to increase their living standards. Effective corrective action will require a number of approaches, including: every person having access to an income adequate to meet basic needs and favoring those who produce real value through productive work; recycling wealth from those who have far more than they need at the top to those at the bottom who lack access to the basic essentials; equitable land use and development policies; broad participation in ownership and access to commonwealth.

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