Impact University: Economics of Poverty

Short Films & Videos

Race – The Power of an Illusion: How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created >

Excerpts from California Newsreel's acclaimed three-part documentary series, Race-The Power of an Illusion.

Short Films & Videos

A Migrant Farmworker’s Words for Trump >

Reyna arrived to the United States in 1999 at the age of 14. She immediately began working on a conventional farm, where there was extensive use of chemical pesticides. "We don't see a lot of justice for our environment," she says in this short film, Una Mala Hierba.

Articles

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality >

Desmond, Matthew. (2017-05-09, The New York Times): An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper middle class.

Education

The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream >

Leonhardt, David. (2017-05-25, The New York Times): With state funding way down, top public colleges are replacing high-achieving lower-income students with affluent ones.

College

Big Gap in College Graduation Rates for Rich and Poor, Study Finds >

Korn, Melissa. (2015-02-03, The Wall Street Journal): "College completion rates for wealthy students have soared in 40 years but barely budged for low-income students, leading to a yawning gap in educational attainment between rich and poor that could have long-lasting implications for the socioeconomic divide."

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