My Two Cents

Poverty Readings

Chris Farrell Jan 24, 2008

I’d love suggestions on books to read or research about poverty in the U.S.

I just finished two useful books: The first is: “The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can’t Help the Poor”, by Charles Karelis. He’s a professor of philosophy at George Washington University.

The other is: “Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference”, by Alberto Alesina and Edward L. Glaeser. Both are Harvard University economists.

I’m also looking at three others right now:

“Higher Ground: New Hope for the Working Poor and Their Children” by Greg J. Duncan, Aletha C. Huston, and Thomas S. Weiner.

“Working and Poor: New Economic and Policy Changes Are Affecting Low-Wage Workers” editors Rebecca M. Blank, Sheldon H. Danziger, and Robert F. Schoeni.

“Mobility and Inequality” edited by Stephen L. Morgan, David B. Grusky, and Gary S. Fields

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