Impact University: Nonprofits/Social Entrepreneurship

Economics of Poverty

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.

New York Times

A Year of Big Ideas in Social Change >

"Rosenberg, Tina. (2016-12-06, The New York Times): "New strides in how to make doing the right thing easy were one recurring theme of the Fixes column during the year just ending."

Nonprofits/Social Entrepreneurship

Sending Potatoes to Idaho? How the Free Market Can Fight Poverty >

Mullainathan, S. (2016-10-07, The New York Times): "The experience of the food distributor Feeding America demonstrates the power of markets when they are used as a tool for fulfilling people's needs fairly."


How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes >

Elliott, J. & Sullivan, L. (2015-06-03, ProPublica): "Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures."

Stories from the Line

Hometown >

Alan King, Sr., 37, has lived in the Frayser neighborhood of North Memphis for nearly three decades. In his own words, Alan details his troubled adolescence and how he and…

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