John Stuart Mill on Poverty: A Modern Approach

Adriana Orbea (
Economics History in Retrospective, Carlos III University of Madrid
July, 2014


Over time, the discussion of poverty has had and will have special importance in the economic thought. This essay aims to analyse the evolution of this debate on poverty and the various arguments for and against regarding interventionism. In addition it will focus on the ideas and theories of John Stuart Mill in relation to this debate. Thus, I will start by explaining John Stuart Mill theories and what he said about poverty in his time. Then I will try to assess the evolution of the current debate on poverty and finally I will explain John Stuart Mill position in such debate.

ISSN: 2254-2035