Understanding Poverty / Edition 1

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Understanding Poverty / Edition 1

In spite of an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity, the poverty rate in the United States remains high relative to the levels of the early 1970s and relative to those in many industrialized countries today. Understanding Poverty brings the problem of poverty in America to the fore, focusing on its nature and extent at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Looking back over the four decades since the nation declared war on poverty, the authors ask how the poor have fared in the market economy, what government programs have and have not accomplished, and what remains to be done. They help us understand how changes in the way the labor market operates, in family structure, and in social welfare, health, and education policies have affected trends in poverty. Most significantly, they offer suggestions for changes in programs and policies that hold real promise for reducing poverty and income inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674008762
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Series: Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents



Introduction: The Evolution of Poverty and Antipoverty Policy
Sheldon H. Danziger and Robert H. Haveman

I Trends and Determinants of Poverty, Inequality, and Mobility

1. The Level,Trend,and Composition of Poverty
Gary Burtless and Timothy M. Smeeding

2. Changes in Family Structure: Implications for Poverty and Related Policy
Maria Cancian and Deborah Reed

3. The Rising Tide Lifts ...?
Richard B. Freeman

4. Mobility, Persistence, and the Consequences of Poverty for Children: Child and Adult Outcomes
Mary Corcoran

5. U.S. Poverty in a Cross-national Context
Timothy M. Smeeding, Lee Rainwater, and Gary Burtless

II The Evolution of Antipoverty Policies

6. The Evolution of Income Support Policy in Recent Decades
John Karl Scholz and Kara Levine

7. Welfare Policy in Transition: Redefining the Social Contract for Poor Citizen Families with Children and for Immigrants
Ladonna A. Pavetti

8. Health Policies for the Non-elderly Poor
John Mullahy and Barbara L. Wolfe

9. Investing in the Future: Reducing Poverty Through Human Capital Investments
Lynn A. Karoly


10. Housing Discrimination and Residential Segregation as Causes of Poverty
John Yinger

11. The Memberships Theory of Poverty: The Role of Group Affiliations in Determining Socioeconomic Outcomes
Steven N. Durlauf

12. Community Revitalization, Jobs and the Well-being of the Inner-City Poor
Ronald F. Ferguson


13. Politics, Race, and Poverty Research
Glenn C. Loury

14. Poverty Research and Antipoverty Policy after the Technological Revolution
David R. Harris

15. Research on Poverty and Antipoverty Policies
Jane Waldfogel

Notes References Index

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