Poverty in America has changed since the 1960s.
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Newer measures of poverty may do a better job of counting America’s poor, which is necessary to helping them.
More governments and aid organizations are giving poor people cash.
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Despite evidence that cash payments can help improve well-being, they have limitations as well, according to a development economist.
A group of sharecroppers, evicted from their land in the Great Depression, stand beside a Missouri road in January 1939.
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In many national crises, black Americans have been essential workers – but serving in crucial roles has not resulted in economic equality.
Tax breaks to spur investment in cities like Camden, New Jersey, were meant to reduce poverty.
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A new program uses tax incentives to encourage investors to help revitalize low-income communities. Research on similar programs from the past suggest it doesn’t work to reduce poverty.
Coal miner photographed on the job near Richlands, Virginia, in 1974.
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In the abstract, this near-mythic figure represents bravery, hard work and manliness.
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Bianca Rodriguez, one of nation’s nearly 600,000 homeless at a Chicago underpass.
This year marks the 51st anniversary since Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty and made poverty reduction the centerpiece of his Great Society domestic agenda. Whether we won this war, however…
US president Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law in 1965, one of a suite of policies aimed at ending poverty in America.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of president Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” in the United States. Whatever people might think of Johnson’s actions in southeast Asia, it’s worth pausing to remember his…