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Genes account for half of differences in social mobility

A new King’s College London study suggests that genes account for nearly 50 per cent of the differences between whether children are socially mobile or not. One of the best predictors of children’s educational attainment is their parents' educational level and in the past this association was thought to be environmental, rather than influenced by

2017-07-23T08:25:20+00:00 Tags: |

Tragic ways in which poverty affects the poor

The tragedy behind the effects of poverty is that it impacts the mental capacity of the poor, causes them to age faster and get fatter due to the poor diet and nutrition. This is according findings of academic research into the impact of poverty. This runs counter to the common intuition that sees poverty as an outcome

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual can improve their own socioeconomic status), productivity (how efficiently one can earn income) and lastly, whether they have sufficient access to the resources and tools

How Income Inequality Makes Economic Downturns Worse

Not only has income inequality surged in the United States and other advanced nations over the past couple of decades, it is worse in America’s largest, densest, most innovative and knowledge based cities and metro areas. High levels of inequality carve deep divides in our nation and its cities, lead to fraying social ties, rising

2017-07-19T03:59:26+00:00 Tags: |

Cities provide paths from poverty to sustainability

Understanding how cities develop at the neighborhood level is key to promoting equitable, sustainable urbanization. New international agreements commit all UN member nations to solving humanity’s greatest challenges over the next few decades, from eliminating extreme poverty and unhealthy living conditions to addressing climate change and arresting environmental degradation. But how we’ll achieve these extraordinary

2017-07-09T07:10:28+00:00 Tags: |

Significant racial and ethnic disparities still exist, according to Stanford report

Despite improvements in education, social mobility and many critical areas, large racial and ethnic disparities still exist – and are sometimes even increasing – for other important outcomes, according to a recently published Stanford report that examined racial and ethnic disparities in the United States. The Center on Poverty and Inequality’s “State of the Union,”

2017-07-05T18:29:58+00:00

J-PAL North America partners with local governments to tackle homelessness and reduce incarceration

J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT, announced today that it will partner with three city and county governments to evaluate promising solutions to homelessness and other important policy challenges facing state and local governments in the U.S. The City of Baltimore, Maryland; King County, Washington; and Santa Clara County, California, will work with

2017-07-03T17:21:16+00:00 Tags: |

Could Biofortified Crops Be The Key To Solving Global Hunger?

For around 2 billion people in the world, a meal is not necessarily a source of nutrition. Among the poorest populations, starchy staple crops like potatoes and cassava make up the bulk of people’s diets. The people surviving off these crops “may not feel hungry,” says Bev Postma, CEO of HarvestPlus, “but they’re not getting a diverse,

A bright future for sustainable agriculture

Imagine a scenario where crops, such as barley, rice and quinoa, are grown in near-desert conditions, in poor-quality soils or on otherwise barren, marginal lands. These staples, irrigated with brackish water, would produce enough nutritious food to feed the world’s population, even as it continues to grow in the future. “Ever since I was a

Underprivileged teenagers more likely to give up their university ambitions

Early intervention to maintain and raise expectations could increase the number of teenagers from less privileged backgrounds entering higher education, a new study published in the Oxford Review of Education suggests. The research, which analysed how young people’s expectations of applying to university change between the ages of 14 and 17, found that those from

2017-06-27T08:42:33+00:00 Tags: |

The fight against poverty often focuses on the wrong things

Microsoft cofounder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates believes chickens are an important tool to fight global poverty. He donated 100,000 of the birds to poor rural families in developing countries last year. Gates argues that giving chickens to the poor is a good investment because they are easy to take care of, reproduce quickly, and

2017-06-29T05:12:32+00:00 Tags: |

Growing isolation of poor helps explain changes in concentrated poverty

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Concentrated poverty — neighborhoods where 40 percent of the population or more lives below the federal poverty level — is back on the rise for all races in the United States, according to Penn State demographers. Growing residential separation and isolation of the poor in American metropolitan areas, as well as

2017-06-25T08:51:48+00:00 Tags: |

America is a world leader in health inequality

The divide between health outcomes for the richest and poorest Americans is among the largest in the world, according to a new study. Of people in households making less than $22,500 a year, 38 percent reported being in poor or fair health in a survey taken between 2011 and 2013. That's more than three times the rate

Significant racial and ethnic disparities still exist, according to Stanford report

Despite improvements in education, social mobility and many critical areas, large racial and ethnic disparities still exist – and are sometimes even increasing – for other important outcomes, according to a recently published Stanford report that examined racial and ethnic disparities in the United States. The Center on Poverty and Inequality’s “State of the Union,”

2017-06-17T12:04:44+00:00 Tags: |

5 Facts You Should Know About Energy Poverty

Imagine what life would be like without access to modern-day energy sources, like electricity. This is energy poverty. For millions of poor people across the globe, their livelihoods, well-being and health are affected by the harmful energy options they are left with. Here are five facts you should know about energy poverty. Living without electricity

2017-06-23T10:11:01+00:00 Tags: |

India has 31% of world’s poor kids: report

About 31% of the world’s “multidimensionally poor” children live in India, according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a poverty reduction project grounded in economist Amartya Sen’s ‘capability approach’. “In terms of countries, fully 31% of the 689 million poor children live in India, followed by Nigeria (8%),

2017-06-02T17:10:27+00:00 Tags: , |

Millions of Homes in Mexico Suffer from “Energy Poverty”

MEXICO CITY, May 29 2017 (IPS) - Energy poverty afflicts millions of homes in Mexico, with many social, economic and environmental impacts for the country. These homes, located in both urban and rural areas in this Latin American country of 122 million people, have difficulty satisfying their needs for energy for cooking, lighting, heating and

Visualizing America’s Middle Class Squeeze

Since 1970, the US economy has grown significantly larger. Real US GDP per capita, a measure of the country’s average income, has more than doubled. However, the median household income, a measure of what the typical American family earns, has not kept up. Across the US, median household income has increased by only about 20% over

‘Against All Odds’ Is Required Viewing for White Progressives

“Structural racism” has become a buzzword in white progressive circles. But every time I push a white writer to break down the meaning behind the words without success, or I see a Black Lives Matter sign in an apartment window in a gentrified neighborhood where longtime residents of color are now priced out, I have to