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Concentrated poverty

Dionissi Aliprantis and Mary Zenker

Economic Commentary, 2011, issue Dec

Abstract: Although the U.S. poverty rate was the same in 2000 as it was in 1970, the geographic distribution of the poor has become more concentrated. A higher concentration of poor in poor neighborhoods is a concern because it may mean the poor are exposed to fewer opportunities that affect their outcomes in life, like employment and income. We show where and how poverty has become more concentrated in the United States, and who is most likely to be affected.

Keywords: Poverty; Economic conditions - United States (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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