pdf-poverty and the great recession

By Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan,

Koji Chavez, Stanford University,

and Erin Cumberworth, Stanford University

Poverty and the Great Recession

Severe economic downturns, like the Great Depression, are associated with substantial increases in poverty and material hardship. Since the Great Depression, the United States has developed programs and policies, many of which were launched during the New Deal and the War on Poverty-Great Society periods, that aim to protect the poor, the unemployed, children, the disabled, and the elderly against severe deprivation. It is important to examine how these programs performed during the most severe recession the country has experienced since the Great Depression.

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