Quote: Originally Posted by Corduroy
The causes of poverty are diverse. They are both situational and systemic. I've never really heard someone say NIMBYism is a cause of poverty. Unless you mean the NIMBYs tend to also be against government programs to mitigate poverty. I know in Metro Vancouver homeless shelters are opposed due to NIMBYism, but the impression is that they attract homeless people, while the reality is that the homeless people are already there.
Governments caving to opposition to homeless shelters definitely is one example of zoning and ither regulations hurting the poor, though that hurts only the most destitute.
Another is opposition to higher density construction. It reduces housing supply and pushes house prices up. Another is opposition to allowing mixed development and so potentially forcing the poor to buy a car or travel farther to work and so have less time to study, work extra hours, spend time with family and friends, etc.
All of those are examples of NIMBYism in opposition to a freer market.
That said, deregulating the free market alone doesn't suffice. The poor need skills training, and hand up etc. too.
Even the minimum wage can hurt unskilled workers.
What I could see would be an officially recommended minimum wage. If you hire someone at below that wage, you must him of his right to quit and apply for social assistance without penalty. That way, an unskilled worker can choose the more generous offer between your offer and the government's. If your offer is better than the government's, why should the government legislate you into even greater poverty.
This way, if the government wants you to quit your job and seek social assistance, then the onus would be on it to offer you more generous social assistance.
Whereas an obligatory minimum wage can garm an unskilled workers, an officially recommended one can help him.