Tag: Poverty

They Sought a Brighter Future in Britain. Instead, Their Families Are Mourning Them.

YEN THANH, Vietnam — Across the village, the altar tables have already been set up. In Buddhist and Catholic households alike, families have not waited for the final word on whether their daughters, sons, brothers and sisters are among the 39 people found dead last week in a refrigerated truck container in an industrial park […]

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Children of Poor Immigrants Rise, Regardless of Where They Come From

ImageImmigrants waiting to be transferred, Ellis Island, Oct. 30, 1912.Credit…Library of Congress Immigration to the United States has consistently offered a route to escape poverty — if not for poor immigrants themselves, then for their sons. New research linking millions of fathers and sons dating to the 1880s shows that children of poor immigrants in […]

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Economic Incentives Don’t Always Do What We Want Them To

At least since Adam Smith and his famous B’s (“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”), a fundamental premise of economics has been that financial incentives are the primary driver of human behavior. Over the […]

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Paul Polak, Entrepreneur for Those Living on $2 a Day, Dies at 86

Dr. Paul Polak, a former psychiatrist who became an entrepreneur and an inventor with a focus on helping the world’s poorest people create profitable small businesses, died on Oct. 10 in Denver. He was 86. His daughter Kathryn Polak said the cause was heart failure. Dr. Polak lived in Golden, Colo. In an era when […]

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Pioneers in Poverty Alleviation Share the Nobel Economics Prize

Economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, both of M.I.T., and Harvard’s Michael Kremer have spent more than 20 years helping to revolutionize the way that researchers study — and help — the world’s poor. On Monday, their experimental approach toward poverty alleviation won them the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Ms. Duflo, 46, […]

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Nobel in Economics Is Awarded for Work Toward Alleviating Poverty

Three professors who have done experimental work toward alleviating poverty have been awarded the Nobel in economic sciences: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, both of M.I.T., and Michael Kremer of Harvard University. Professor Duflo is the second woman and, at 46, the youngest person to win the economics prize. Why did they win? According to […]

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Property Owners Can Do Basically Whatever They Want to Homeless People Now

Last month, a group of property owners in San Francisco took matters into their own hands. According to the SF Examiner’s Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, they pooled together $3,900 through a GoFundMe, bought two-dozen boulders, and placed them on the sidewalk in an attempt to obstruct homeless people who’d been living in camps there. Then a […]

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Trump Administration Unveils More Cuts to Food Stamp Program

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department moved again this week to cut spending on food stamps, this time proposing changes that would slice $4.5 billion from the program over five years, trimming monthly benefits by as much as $75 for one in five struggling families on nutrition assistance. The latest plan would cut benefits for 19 […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Next Big Effort: Tackling Poverty

WASHINGTON — For a House freshman and political neophyte, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has proved to be remarkably adept at shaping the debate on her Democratic Party’s left flank, boosting the visibility of single-payer health care through her support of “Medicare for all” and elevating climate change with her Green New Deal. On […]

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Poor Schools Keep Getting Crushed in Football. Is It Time to Level the Playing Field?

DES MOINES — An hour before kickoff at a game this month at Hoover High School, the opposing football team pulled up and unloaded the large video monitor that would let its coaching staff analyze plays, moment by moment, throughout the game. The coaches at Hoover High, where most students qualify for free or reduced-price […]

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The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence

On Sunday, Miami real estate developer Craig Robins introduced Joe Biden at a fundraiser by telling prospective donors that Biden is a candidate seeking “a solution that could just make things normal again.”  It’s a pithy description for the campaign that Biden has run thus far. While the majority of the Democratic field has spent […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for Social Security Looks Smart

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. When I was a teenager, my mom showed me a statement that she had received in the mail from the Social Security Administration. It included an annual history of her earnings, which showed a big string of […]

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Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018

The share of Americans with health insurance fell last year, despite a strong economy that lifted families out of poverty. About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first increase since […]

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‘Tasting Funny for Years’: Lead in the Water and a City in Crisis

NEWARK — Donnette Goodluck tried all day to pick up the free bottled water the city was distributing as officials addressed a growing lead contamination crisis. When she first arrived at Boylan Street Recreation Center last Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., the line wrapped around the block; Ms. Goodluck and others were told to come back […]

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In Echo of Flint Lead Crisis, Newark Offers Bottled Water

For more than a year, Newark officials denied the city had a widespread lead problem with its drinking water. Then, in an abrupt shift last fall, New Jersey’s largest city began giving out water filters to some residents. On Sunday — two days after a scathing letter from the E.P.A. raised concerns about the safety […]

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A Better Address Can Change a Child’s Future

SEATTLE — Jackie Rath says she was sexually assaulted by four different men, including a stepfather and a stepbrother, by the time she was 16. That is also when her mom went to prison for murdering a boyfriend’s lover. Rath, now 38, was the third generation in her family to endure a traumatized childhood that […]

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