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Losing ground : American social policy, 1950-1980

Charles A. Murray (Author)
"Without bile and without rhetoric [Losing Ground] lays out a stark truth that must be faced: Two decades of well-meaning programs to erase racism and poverty in the U.S. have left those at the very bottom of the ladder worse off than ever."- Business Week
Print Book, English, 2015
Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, New York, 2015
xx, 323 pages. : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780465065882, 0465065880
A generous revolution. The Kennedy transition
"The system is to blame"
Implementing the elite wisdom
Being poor, being Black : 1950-1980. Poverty
Wages and occupations
The family
The view from 1966
Interpreting the data. The social scientists and the great experiment
Incentives to fail I : maximizing short-term gains
Incentives to fail II : crime and education
The destruction of statues rewards
Rethinking social policy. What do we want to accomplish?
The constraints on helping
Choosing a future
Appendix: The data
Reprint of 1984 edition with new introduction by the author
"With a new introduction by the author"--Cover