Tag Archives: poverty

Inequality and the Angry Society

“I didn’t eat this morning. I’m wearing my niece’s clothes. I just was violated by my mom’s boyfriend. I go to school and here comes someone that bumps into me and don’t say excuse me. You hit zero to rage … Continue reading

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Riots, demonstrations and welfare cuts

Some people just aren’t bothered by welfare cuts. If the cuts don’t affect you personally, and you only discuss them in terms of abstract principles and ‘dependency culture’, then the cuts are distant; the stuff of politicians’ rhetoric and newspaper … Continue reading

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Inequality of the will

(Apologies for the lack of recent posts while I was ill – we’re back to our normal schedule now!) Among the oldest of old political battles, liberals and conservatives have constantly sparred over the causes of poverty – whether it … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Data Fool You — Consumption Inequality Mirrors Income Inequality Over Time

Several important studies have shown an apparent paradox: even as income inequality has taken off over the last thirty years, differences in consumption between the rich and poor have changed slightly or not at all. Focusing on the bottom of … Continue reading

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Income, health, and payday deaths

It’s hardly news that poorer people have worse health on average – but teasing apart the link of income and health is harder. The income-health gradient could be because people lose income when they have health problems, or it could … Continue reading

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What Will it Take to End Teenage Pregnancy in the US?

Remember the culture wars? If you tuned into the chatter on contraception and religious freedom in the last couple weeks, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was 1985 all over again. The Obama administration wants to require all … Continue reading

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Getting on the Bus with Material Hardship

This is the third post in a series of three on the measurement of poverty in the U.S. Hunger takes this bus, too. 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. This attention-grabbing sign began appearing on buses around Boston and … Continue reading

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There’s More to Poverty than the Cost of Living

This is the second post in a series of three focused on the measurement of U.S. poverty As I described in my last post, virtually nobody is very happy with the official poverty measure in the United States. Commentators on … Continue reading

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Poverty in the Age of the Xbox

This is the first in a series of three posts that looks at the measurement and politics of poverty in the United States As I reported last week, the poverty rate in the United States in 2010 soared. Under the … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be Poor?

Dismal news. As was widely reported this week, the official poverty rate climbed again in 2010 to 15.1 percent – the highest level since 1994. The already inflated 2009 rate was 14.3 percent of individuals. The report also revealed that … Continue reading

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