Pathways Magazine - Spring 2013

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Spring 2013 Issue of PATHWAYS
A magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy

Generously supported by The Elfenworks Foundation

  • Trends in poverty and inequality: Periodic reports on key poverty and inequality indicators
  • Cutting-edge research: Concise summaries of research that is changing how we understand the sources and consequences of poverty and inequality
  • Bold new visions: Must-read discussions of how labor market, poverty, and inequality policy might be rethought and changed
  • Debates: Leading scholars and policymakers weigh in on the crucial poverty and inequality questions of our time

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A special issue partially funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Table of Contents (Spring 2013 Issue)

Editors' Note by David Grusky and Michelle Poulin


  • Community Well-Being and the Great Recession
    Ann Owens and Robert J. Sampson
    We know a lot about how the Great Recession affected individuals. But we know rather little about how neighborhoods and communities fared. Which communities were winners and which were losers?

Research in Brief

The Quiet Revolution in Housing Policy

  • Why Concentrated Poverty Matters
    Lisa Gennetian, Jens Ludwig, Thomas McDade and Lisa Sanbonmatsu
    The best and latest assessment of the Moving to Opportunity experiment. Do the results require a major rethinking of why concentrated poverty matters?
  • Do Housing Vouchers Work?
    Robert Haveman
    A full evaluation of a Section 8 housing voucher program in Wisconsin. The effects on mobility, poverty, and neighborhood quality are as expected, but not so for individual earnings. Why did earnings decrease among voucher recipients?
  • Solving Urban Poverty: Lessons from Suburbia
    Douglas S. Massey
    What happens when affordable housing is placed in an affluent neighborhood? The big storm of protest...ends with a whimper and good outcomes all around.
  • Can Housing Policy be Good Education Policy?
    Heather Schwartz
    Disappointed with education policy? Housing policy may be the answer.


  • The Case for Taxing Away Illicit Inequality
    A conversation between Emmanuel Saez and David Grusky
    Can we eliminate inequality arising from corruption, sweetheart deals, and information asymmetry? The case for making tax policy our anti-inequality weapon.

This publication was supported by Grant Number AE00101 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and awarded by Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, or Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration.

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