Links & Resources: Poverty in the U.S.

Dig into these reports to explore details of the politics, history, economics and thinking about income equality and poverty in America.


Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape.” Greenhouse, Steven. New York Times, 2014. 

The Politics of Income Inequality.” Porter, Eduardo. New York Times, 2014.

Poverty vs. Democracy in America.” Weeks, Daniel. The Atlantic, 2014.

Poverty in America: Why Can’t We End It?” Edelman, Peter. New York Times Sunday Review, 2012. 

“U.S. Poverty: Past, Present and Future.” Kaufmann, Greg. The Nation, 2011.

“It’s the Inequality, Stupid.” Gilson, Dave and Perot, Carolyn. Mother Jones, 2011.

“Since When Is It a Crime to Be Poor?” Ehrenreich, Barbara. Mother Jones, 2011.


Raising the Minimum Wage and Redesigning the EITC.” Sawhill, Isabel and Karpilow, Quentin. Center on Children & Families at The Brookings Institution, 2014.

State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities.” Miller, Brian. United for a Fair Economy, 2014.

Trust, Inequality and the Market.” Hargreavea Heap, Shaun P. and Tan, Jonathan H. W. and Zizzo, Daniel John. Social Science Research Network, 2009

Medicaid Moving Forward.” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2014.

The Research: Supplemental Poverty Measure 2012.” Short, Kathleen. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012.

Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation.” Hernandez, Donald J. Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012.

Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, Hispanics.” Kochhar, Rakesh and Fry, Richard and Taylor, Paul. Pew Research Center, 2011.

Jobs and Income Growth of Top Earners and the Causes of Changing Income Inequality: Evidence from U.S. Tax Return Data .” Bakija, Jon and Cole, Adam and Heim, Bradley T. 2012.

The Effect of Unions on Wage Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market.” Card, David. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2001

“Wealth Gaps Rise to Records Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics.” Taylor, Paul et al.Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends , 2011.

Estimated Deaths Attributable to Social Factors in the United States.” Galea, Sandro et al. American Journal of Public Health, 2011.

“Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012.” DeNavas-Walt, Carmen and Proctor, Bernadette D. and Smith, Jessica C. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012.

Fix It and Forget It.” Shierholz, Heidi. Economic Policy Institute, 2009.

“Effects of the Decline in the Real Value of SNAP Benefits From 2009 to 2011.” Nord, Mark. USDA Economic Research Service, 2013



The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our FutureStiglitz, Joseph E. New York: Norton, 2012.

Changing Poverty, Changing Policies. Cancian, Maria and Danziger, Sheldon. Russell Sage Foundation, 2009.

So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in AmericaEdelman, Peter. New Press, 2012.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. Ehrenreich, Barbara. New York: Holt Books. 2001.

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American CommunityPutnam, Robert D. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.


Charts, Graphs And Multimedia

Charts and Graphs: The State of Working America. Economic Policy Institute, ongoing.

Chart: Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 1959 to 2012. U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.

Chart: Poverty Rates by Age: 1959 to 2012. U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.

Infographic: How Census Measures Poverty. U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.

Interactive map: Mapping Poverty in America. New York Times, 2014.

Infographic: Poverty in the U.S. By The Numbers. National Public Radio, 2012.

Documentary: American Winter. Directed by Joe Gantz and Harry Gantz, 2013.


Updated 08/2014