The Economics of Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313396922
  • ISBN-13: 9780313396922
  • DDC: 335.4
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 598 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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While recent catastrophic events in New Orleans and Haiti may have magnified issues of social inequity, leaders have debated over poverty and discrimination for decades. Are the poor disadvantaged by the institutions of society or by the choices they make? Through two insightful volumes, the author examines differing academic and political perspectives to help shed light on the causes of poverty and inequality; the role that gender, race, age, or sexual preference plays in determining opportunity; and the effectiveness of current social and economic policies in balancing the inequity among disparate groups.

The Economics of Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination in the 21st Century consists of 2 volumes containing 32 papers divided into 5 categories: measurement, inequality and mobility, institutions and choices, demographic groups and discrimination, and policy. The papers-written by economists, sociologists, philosophers and lawyers-deal with the extent of inequality in the United States and how it compares to other countries, and the newly emerging evidence on the relationship between inequality and mobility within a society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction and Guide to the Readings.
2: Measurement.
3: Cross-National Comparisons of Poverty and Income Inequality.
4: The Distribution of Wealth in the United States at the Start of the 21st Century.
5: The Geography of Poverty in the United States.
6: Inequality and Mobility.
7: Do We Face a Permanently Divided Society?.
8: Inequality from Generation to Generation: The United States in Comparison.
9: Institutions and Choices.
10: The Causes of Poverty and Inequality in the United States: Toward a Broader View.
11: Why is so Much of the World Poor?.
12: Demographic Groups and Discrimination.
13: What Explains Black-White Economic Inequality in the United States in the Early 21st Century?: The Effects of Skills, Discriminatory Legacies, and Ongoing Discrimination.
14: Closing the Gender Gap: What would It Take?.
15: From Dependency to Self-Determination: Native Americans and Economic Development in the 21st Century.
16: Trends in Poverty and Inequality among Hispanics.
17: The Economic Characteristics of Asian Americans in the 21st Century.
18: Are Gays and Lesbians “Mainstream” with Respect to Economic Success?.
19: Pension Policy and Income Inequality in the 21st Century.
20: What We Know about Discriminatory Differentials in Labor Market Outcomes.
21: Housing Discrimination and Residential Segregation.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Policy.
2: Do Minimum Wages Help Fight Poverty?.
3: Globalization and Earnings Inequality in the United States.
4: Immigration and Inequality: Why do High-Skilled Immigrants Fare Poorly in Canada?.
5: Educational Inequality and Children: The Preschool and Early School Years.
6: School Choice.
7: The Link between Nonmarital Births and Poverty.
8: What Happened to Cash Assistance for Needy Families?.
9: Inequalities across States in a Federally Funded System: The Case of Child Welfare Subsidies.
10: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Vulnerable Populations.
11: Do Labor Unions have a Future in the United States?.
12: Employment Discrimination Law.
13: Affirmative Action: Pro and Con.
14: The Role of the Estate and Gift Taxes in Income Redistribution.
15: Universal Job Guarantee Program: Toward True Full Employment.
16: Is Universal Basic Income Still Worth Talking about?.
About the Editor and Contributors.