Impact University: Economics of Poverty

Contemporary Books

Under the Affluence >

In Under the Affluence, author Tim Wise discusses economic inequality and the demonization of those in need. He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Today, however, mainstream discourse blames people with low income for their own situation, and the notion of an intractable "culture of poverty" has pushed our country in an especially ugly direction.


Broke, USA-From Pawnshops to Poverty >

Rivlin's book chronicle the early roots of the subprime meltdown and explores any number of other brilliant, if not diabolically brilliant, ways businesses have devised to grow very, very rich off those with decidedly thin wallets. He additionally profiles individuals fighting against the increasing corporatization of American society.

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