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June 20, 2007

New-ish Poverty Related Books

UPDATE: Here is the SSRN link to a short paper Jonathan B. Forman has written, also entitled Making America Work, that seems partly an overview of his book for those who want a preview. 


There are many new books in the field, but I want to highlight a couple that may be of interest, though by no means is this a comprehensive list! 

Makingamericawork_2 Univ. of Oklahoma Professor Jonathan B. Forman has a new book, Making America Work (Urban Institute 2006) (on Amazon here).  I have ordered it for my library and was going to wait to blog about it until I have read it, but in case people are putting together summer reading lists, I thought I should not wait.  Here is the blurb from the publisher:

  • In Making America Work, Forman explains how current government policies influence work and work behavior and makes the case for changing government tax, welfare, Social Security, pension, and labor market policies to encourage work and promote greater economic justice. It is a clear, provocative declaration of principles and a bold prescription for policies that restore and preserve the balance of work rewards and economic justice.

Povertyinamerica Walmarteffect Another couple of possible summer reads are University of Maryland Associate Professor John Iceland's Poverty in America: A Handbook (2nd ed. Univ. of California Press, 2006) (on Amazon here) or on a slightly more narrow topic, but still interesting (UConn School of Law for example has had an entire class on Walmart) Charles Fishman's The Wal-Mart Effect (Penguin Books, 2nd ed. 2007) (on Amazon here). 

If you are looking for other possible books on Poverty, a blogger (I couldn't find out more info about him/her) has put together a fairly lengthy list of recent Poverty books (with images of covers) that may be of interest.  Click here.   

-E.R. [email protected]

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FYI, I assigned John Iceland's Poverty In America in my Poverty Law course last year and it worked well (I will assign it again this year). I find law students have almost no background in social science or policy analysis, and I like my course to provide some rudimentary education in that area. Iceland writes at just the right level, challenging students and presenting a fully academic analysis but still being accessible. He also includes some historical discussion and some discussion of basic policies/theories in addition to explicating the statistical measure and analysis of poverty. And because it is recently updated, it makes a nice replacement for Rebecca Blank's It Takes a Nation or other similar, more dated books (Magnum, Magnum and Sum's The Persistence of Poverty in the United States should also be considered, although its coverage is not as broad as Iceland's).

Posted by: Jamie Fox | May 9, 2007 7:26:23 AM

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