Podcast: Becoming Whole: Poverty and the “American Dream” (with Brian Fikkert)

Many people consider the “American Dream” to be the goal of someone trying to get out of poverty. Both in the US and around the world, we have found that simply having more material goods doesn’t necessarily lead to increased happiness. Join Scott and Sean for part II of Scott’s earlier discussion with economist Dr. Brian Fikkert, as he critiques some of the most prominent poverty alleviation efforts and insists that flourishing involves more than accumulating material goods.

His latest book is Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream.

Dr. Brian Fikkert is Professor of Economics and Community Development and the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

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