Impact University: Economics of Poverty

Economics of Poverty

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.


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.


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."


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."

The Atlantic

20 Years Since Welfare ‘Reform’ >

Edin, K. and Shaefer, H.L. (2016-08-22, The Atlantic): Today, across the country, welfare is—at best—a shadow of its former self. America's poorest are still dealing with the consequences of the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law two decades ago.

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