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ERIC Number: ED568952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
Five Evils: Multidimensional Poverty and Race in America
Reeves, Richard; Rodrigue, Edward; Kneebone, Elizabeth
Center on Children and Families at Brookings
Poverty is about a lack of money, but it's not only about that. As a lived experience, poverty is also characterized by ill health, insecurity, discomfort, isolation, and more. To put it another way: Poverty is multidimensional, and its dimensions often cluster together to intensify the negative effects of being poor. In this first of a two-part series, Richard Reeves, Edward Rodrigue, and Elizabeth Kneebone examine the "clustering" of five dimensions of poverty--household income, education, concentrated spatial poverty, health insurance, and employment--within a large sample of the American population. Understanding the different patterns and clusters of disadvantage is an important step towards understanding inequality in its broadest sense. In particular, a multidimensional approach further illuminates the yawning race gaps that afflict the U.S., and the need for concerted action to eliminate them. The report includes the appendix: Previous Studies of Multidimensional Poverty: Dimensions, Indicators, and Data Sources.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center on Children and Families at Brookings