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Antipoverty Policy: The Role of Individualist and Structural Perspectives  

William A. Darity Jr., Mary Lopez, Olugbenga Ajilore, and Leslie Wallace

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
This article examines how views on why people are poor can influence the design of antipoverty policy. It argues that, broadly speaking, theories of why people are poor fall into two categories. ... More

Are Economists in Over Their Heads?  

Kevin S. O’Neil and Marta Tienda

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Sociologists see economic decisions as being “embedded” in social relationships, just as psychologists see economic decisions as being embedded in a life of the mind. While the idea of social ... More

Theories of Poverty: Traditional Explanations and New Directions  

Christopher K. Johnson and Patrick L. Mason

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
This article begins with an examination of the evidence in support of traditional explanations of poverty: labor market and macroeconomic conditions; family structure; and government policy and ... More

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