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Poverty traps

Author: Samuel Bowles; Steven N Durlauf; Karla Hoff; Russell Sage Foundation.
Publisher: New York : Russell Sage Foundation ; Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
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Much popular belief, and public policy, rests on the idea that those born into poverty have it in their powers to escape. But the persistence of poverty and ever-growing economic inequality around the world has led to many economists to seriously question the model of individual economic self-determination when it comes to the poor. In this book, the contributors argue that there are many conditions that may trap  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Bowles; Steven N Durlauf; Karla Hoff; Russell Sage Foundation.
ISBN: 0691125007 9780691125008
OCLC Number: 60796302
Description: vi, 241 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The theory of poverty traps: what have we learned? / Costas Azariadis --
The persistence of poverty in the Americas: the role of institutions / Stanley L. Engerman, Kenneth L. Sokoloff --
Parasites / Halvor Mehlum, Karl Moene, Ragnar Torvik --
The kin system as a poverty trap? / Karla Hoff, Arijit Sen --
Institutional poverty traps / Samuel Bowles --
Groups, social influences, and inequality / Steven N. Durlauf --
Durable inequality: spacial dynamics, social processes, and the persistence of poverty in Chicago neighborhoods / Robert J. Sampson, Jeffrey D. Morenoff --
Spatial concentration and social stratification: does the clustering of disadvantage "beget" bad outcomes? / Michael E. Sobel.
Responsibility: edited by Samuel Bowles, Steven N. Durlauf, and Karla Hoff.
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Argues that there are many conditions that may trap individuals, groups, and whole economies in intractable poverty. This book presents evidence of harmful neighborhood effects and discusses policies  Read more...

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