Wednesday, September 03, 2014

What Makes People Poor?

Thomas B. Edsall, NYT
SEPT. 2, 2014

Let’s imagine for a moment that there are no political pressures distorting our discussion of poverty and that we can look at it as a technical problem, not a moral one.

Maybe we would find that most explanations – left, right and center – are not mutually exclusive but mutually reinforcing.

Before we take this thought experiment further, we should consider the ramifications of new research that provides insight into urban social disorder, worklessness, the rising salience of education and the shortcomings of government policy.

David Autor, an economist at M.I.T. best known for exploring the costs to American workers of automation and trade with China, has recently expanded the scope of his research on unemployment to look at the consequences for men who grow up in a fatherless household.

(More here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

May I suggest VV readers listen to the 20 minutes discussion: "Black Americans Failed by Good Intentions: Q/A with Jason Riley" I realize not all poor are black and not all blacks or poor, nether-the-less, Mr. Riley gets it.

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