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ERIC Number: EJ913251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Working Poverty across the Metro-Nonmetro Divide: A Quarter Century in Perspective, 1979-2003
Slack, Tim
Rural Sociology, v75 n3 p363-387 Sep 2010
Researchers are increasingly recognizing space as a key axis of inequality. Scholars concerned with spatial inequality have called for special attention to issues of comparative advantage and disadvantage across space as well as the consideration of the subnational scale. This study draws on these ideas by examining the relationship between work and poverty in the United States with an explicit comparative focus on metropolitan (metro) and nonmetropolitan (nonmetro) areas. Moreover, this study joins space with its counterpart time by exploring how this relationship has changed over the last quarter century. Using data from the March Current Population Survey, the results show that working poverty persistently had a disproportionate impact on nonmetro families between 1979 and 2003. However, the results also show a trend of residential convergence, as working poverty in metro areas has climbed toward the levels experienced in nonmetro areas. Logistic-regression models exploring the effects of residence, family labor supply, and period confirm that labor supply has consistently provided nonmetro families with less protection from poverty than their metro counterparts, but also show that this disadvantage has waned in recent years. The findings underscore the need for policies that support those working on the economic margins and recognize the variable opportunity costs of employment across the rural-urban continuum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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