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Staying Poor in America

J. Bradford DeLong

January 2000

from the Economic Policy Institute.

  • If you are below the poverty line in America today, your chances of exiting poverty--of not being poor next year--are lower than in other typical industrial democracies.
  • Canada, Sweden, Holland, and Germany all do a much better job at giving their poor the opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty than does America.
  • America does, however, do about as good a job as Great Britain.
  • How about the flip side? It is also the case that if you have managed to move above the poverty line in America, your chances of falling back below are worse than in other typical industrial democracies.

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