The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty

Hardcover | November 15, 2012

EditorPhilip N. Jefferson

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Poverty is a pressing and persistent problem. While its extent varies across countries, its presence always represents the diminution of human capacity. Therefore, it seems natural to want to do something about it. Have countries made progress in mitigating poverty? How do we determine who ispoor and who is not poor? What intuitions or theories guide the design of anti-poverty policy? Is overall labor market performance the key to keeping the poverty rate low? Or, does it matter how well- connected an individual is to those who know about the availability of jobs? Does being animmigrant increase the odds of being poor? Are there anti-poverty policies that work? For whom do they work? If I'm poor, will I have access to health care and housing? Am I more likely to be obese, polluted upon, incarcerated, un-banked, and without assets if I'm poor? Is poverty too hard a problemfor economic analysis? These are some of the questions that a distinguished group of scholars have come together to confront in this handbook. The Handbook is written in a highly accessible style that encourages the reader to think critically about poverty. Theories are presented in a rigorous but not overly technical way; concise and straightforward empirical analyses enlighten key policy issues. The volume has six parts: Poverty in the21st Century; Labor Market Factors; Poverty Policy; Poverty Dynamics; Dimensions of Poverty; and Trends and Issues in Anti-Poverty Policy. A goal of the handbook is to stimulate further research on poverty. To that end, several chapters challenge conventional thinking about poverty and in some casespresent specific proposals for the reform of economic and social policy.

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Poverty is a pressing and persistent problem. While its extent varies across countries, its presence always represents the diminution of human capacity. Therefore, it seems natural to want to do something about it. Have countries made progress in mitigating poverty? How do we determine who ispoor and who is not poor? What intuitions or...

Philip N. Jefferson is a Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College. His research has appeared in several journals and has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. He has taught at Columbia University and the University of Virginia and has worked as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Sy...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:832 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceContributorsPhilip N. Jefferson: Introduction and OverviewPart I. Poverty in the 21st Century1. Robert D. Plotnick: The Alleviation of Poverty: How Far Have We Come?2. Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan: Consumption and Income Poverty in the U.S.3. Martin Ravallion: Poverty Lines across the World4. Christopher K. Johnson and Patrick L. Mason: Theories of Poverty: Traditional Explanations and New DirectionsPart II. Labor Market Factors5. Kevin Lang: Poverty and the Labor Market6. Judith K. Hellerstein and David Neumark: Employment in Black Urban Labor Markets: Problems and Solutions7. Brian Duncan and Stephen J. Trejo: Low-Skilled Immigrants and the U.S. Labor Market8. Gary S. Fields: Poverty and Low Earnings in the Developing WorldPart III. Poverty Policy9. Janet Currie: Anti-Poverty Programs for Poor Children and Families10. Lisa Barrow and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: Education and the Poor11. Darrell J. Gaskin and Eric T. Roberts: Poverty, Health, and Healthcare12. Dirk W. Early and Edgar O. Olsen: Geographical Price Variation, Housing Assistance, and PovertyPart IV. Poverty Dynamics13. Francisco H.G. Ferreira: Distributions in Motion: Economic Growth, Inequality, and Poverty Dynamics14. Signe-Mary McKernan, Caroline Ratcliffe, and Trina Williams Shanks: Is Poverty Incompatible with Asset Accumulation?15. Ann Huff Stevens: Poverty Transitions16. Philip N. Jefferson and Kunhee Kim: Macroeconomic Fluctuations and PovertyPart V. Dimensions of Poverty17. Susan L. Averett: Obesity, Poverty, and the Ability to Pay for Calories18. Wayne B. Gray, Ronald J. Shadbegian, and Ann Wolverton: Environmental Justice: Do Poor and Minority Populations Face More Hazards?19. Juliet U. Elu and Gregory N. Price: Female Trust in Government and Gender Income Inequality in Sub- Saharan Africa20. Steven Raphael: Crime, Incarceration, and Poverty21. John P. Caskey: Payday Lending: New Research and the Big QuestionPart VI. Trends and Issues in Anti-Poverty Policy22. Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Robert Moffitt, and John Karl Scholz: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Anti-Poverty Programs in the United States23. Kevin S. O'Neil and Marta Tienda: Are Economists in Over Their Heads?24. William A. Darity, Jr., Mary Lopez, Olugbenga Ajilore, and Leslie Wallace: Anti-Poverty Policy: The Role of Individualist and Structural Perspectives25. Philip N. Jefferson: A New Statistic: The U.S. Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty MeasureIndex