Impact University: 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.

Behavioral Economics/Psychology

Does ‘Wrong Mind-Set’ Cause Poverty or Vice Versa? >

Badger, Emily. (2017-05-30, The New York Times): The HUD secretary Ben Carson said that the "wrong mind-set" leads to poverty. But research suggests cause and effect go the opposite way.

Website

Institute for Research on Poverty >

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is dedicated to advancing understanding of the causes and consequences of U.S. poverty and inequality. It collects and analyzes information, continually updated from state and national data and special-purpose studies, on the evolving condition of low-income individuals and families and policies and programs to improve their well-being and increase self-sufficiency.

Poverty

All Hollowed Out: The lonely poverty of America’s white working class >

Chen, Victor Tan. (2016-01-16, The Atlantic): "Problems of mental health and addiction have taken a terrible toll on whites in America—though seemingly not in other wealthy nations—and the least educated among them have fared the worst."

Economics

Millions in U.S. Climb Out of Poverty, at Long Last >

Cohen, P. (2016-09-25, The New York Times): Seven years after the end of the Great Recession, poverty has declined among every group. "African-Americans and Hispanics - who account for more than 45 percent of those below the poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four in most states - experienced the largest improvement."

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