America's Poor and the Great Recession, by Kristin S. Seefeldt and John D. Graham

Published in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v. 33, no. 2, Spring 2014, p. 551–554

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2014

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Review of America's Poor and the Great Recession, by Kristin S. Seefeldt and John D. Graham, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013, 158 pp., $21.00, paperback. While U.S. absolute poverty has increased sharply since the start of the Great Recession, it was, despite historic ups and downs, at roughly the same level in 2007 as in 1980. Wholesale reform of American antipoverty programs is unlikely in the near future. Until the day comes when grand poverty bargains can be struck, this book has much to say in current policy debates.

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