The Persistence of Poverty in the United States
For more than thirty years, students, scholars, and policymakers have relied on successive editions of Sar A. Levitan's Programs in Aid of the Poor. Now, in conjunction with the eighth edition of that classic work, coauthors Garth Mangum, Stephen Mangum, and Andrew Sum offer a brief but comprehensive overview of the facts of poverty in the United States, its underlying causes, and the reasons for its persistence in the richest nation in the world. Providing a wealth of data and cogent analysis, this book can be used along with Programs for additional background, or can stand on its own.
"This volume demonstrates more starkly than its parent the persistence of poverty in this nation. Though some individuals and families manage to escape it, the phenomenon diminishes not at all—or at least very little... Having been sobered by this thought, the student may ponder what more might conceivably be done to reduce the incidence of that endemic economic and social disease."—from the Preface
About the Authors
Garth L. Mangum is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Utah.Stephen L. Mangum is senior associate dean for academic programs in the Max M. Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, Columbus. Andrew M. Sum is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Labor and Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.
"Providing an overview of the poverty problem in the US, Garth Mangum, Stephen Mangum and Sum discuss the extent of and recent trends in poverty. By carefully mining government statistics, they provide a detailed demographic and geographic profile of today's poor."
"Brief, and authoritative."
"A coherent treatment of the facts and causes of, as well as the strategic solutions to, American poverty. The book is solidly grounded in a concise analysis and elegant presentation of poverty data."
"In a concise manner, the authors are able to illustrate the magnitude of poverty and offer some excellent alternatives for its alleviation."
"A slim, readable and informative work which provides a wealth of information about poverty in the United States."
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