Pathways Magazine - Winter 2011
Winter 2011 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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Table of Contents (Winter 2011 Issue)
Editors' Note by David Grusky and Christopher Wimer
- Unanticipated, Unintended, and Unadvised: The Effects of Public Policy on Unauthorized Immigration
The pitched debates about immigration law have focused our attention on what immigration law should do rather than what it actually does. Tomás R. Jiménez and Laura López-Sanders take a dispassionate look at the sometimes perverse and unintended effects of U.S. immigration policy in recent decades.
Research in Brief
- New research developments by Lucas Manfield and Christopher Wimer
New research on whether minimum wage jobs lure high school students to drop out; how prisoners rack up surprising amounts of debt behind bars; a rigorous assessment of long-term trends in economic insecurity; and other cutting-edge research.
How Poverty Gets Under the Skin: The Effects of Deprivation on Blood, the Brain, and the Body
- Building a Foundation for Prosperity on the Science of Early Childhood Development
Jack Shonkoff describes how poverty really does get under the skin, how it harms the cognitive development of children exposed to it, and what we can do to break this entrenched cycle.
- Stressing Out the Poor: Chronic Physiological Stress and the Income-Achievement Gap
Gary W. Evans, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, and Pamela Kato Klebanov develop a new “chain model” that focuses on the chaotic environment that childhood poverty creates, how that chaos generates stress and cognitive dysfunction, and how such dysfunction in turn leads to academic underachievement.
- The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty
Greg J. Duncan and Katherine Magnuson argue that we can combat the effects of poverty-induced stress by providing income support to vulnerable families with young children.
- The Big Why: A Learning Agenda for the Scale-Up Movement
The longstanding view among politicians is that we should first find out what works to reduce poverty and then "scale it up." But Robert C. Granger upends this conventional wisdom by suggesting that we'd best figure out why and under what conditions a policy works before blindly adopting it everywhere.
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