New Book: Understanding Global Poverty – Causes, Capabilities and Human Development

By Serena Cosgrove, Benjamin Curtis. From Routledge: Understanding Global Poverty introduces students to the study and analysis of poverty, helping them to understand why it is pervasive across human societies, and how it can be reduced through proven policy solutions. Using the capabilities and human development approach, the book foregrounds the human aspects of poverty, … More New Book: Understanding Global Poverty – Causes, Capabilities and Human Development

Caveat emptor: the Graduation Approach, electronic payments and the potential pitfalls of financial inclusion

Originally posted on Developing Economics:
By Paulo L dos Santos and Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven The Graduation Approach to poverty reduction is inextricably bound up with programmes promoting financial inclusion. Proponents for the approach see it guiding a series of interventions that encourage poor households to ‘graduate’ into ‘mainstream development programmes’ which are centred on the…

Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

The Journal of Working-Class Studies Special Issue, December 2017: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics Educational attainment is often framed as positive, having the liberatory potential to free the socio-economically marginalized from their constraints. There is little if ever any mention of the unchained slavery of debt and low wages … More Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

The New Normal: Demand, Secular Stagnation and the Vanishing Middle-Class

By Servaas Storm, The Great Financial Crisis of 2008 deeply scarred the U.S. economy, bringing nine dire years of economic stagnation, high and rising inequalities in income and wealth, steep levels of indebtedness, and mounting uncertainty about jobs and incomes. Big parts of the U.S. were hit by elevated rates of depression, drug addiction and ‘deaths … More The New Normal: Demand, Secular Stagnation and the Vanishing Middle-Class

Why We Need a Federal Job Guarantee

by Mark Paul, William Darity Jr, & Darrick Hamilton Universal basic income (UBI), an annual government-sponsored payment to all citizens, has been gaining traction across the American political landscape. Andy Stern, former Service Employees International Union president, believes the program will counteract the “acceleration of technology” that he thinks will likely create “work but not reliable jobs … More Why We Need a Federal Job Guarantee

Producing Poverty: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Production Jobs in Manufacturing

From Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Much attention has been given in recent years to low-wage work in the fast-food industry, big-box retail, and other service sector industries in the U.S. The rise of low-wage business models in the service sector has often been contrasted to business models of the past, when blue … More Producing Poverty: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Production Jobs in Manufacturing