Pathways Magazine - Winter 2009
Winter 2009 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 2009 Issue)
Editors' Note by David Grusky and Christopher Wimer
- Consumer Indebtedness and the Withering of the American Dream
by Teresa A. Sullivan
Consumer debt is skyrocketing. Is there any way to pay it off? Or is the American consumer going down? Teresa A. Sullivan explains why the bailout must be extended to American families.
Research in Brief
- New research developments
The three countries with the most successful poverty-fighting strategies, the rise of a new Republican populism, the effect of female-friendly labor markets on the gender gap in math, and other cutting-edge research.
Reconstructive Surgery: Designing Health Care For Everyone
- The Case for a Two-Tier Health System
Jonathan Gruber argues for a two-tier health system that has government mandated minimum standards for coverage, access, and quality but allows individuals to buy more than that minimum.
- A Five-Step Plan for Eliminating Inequality in Health Care
Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis lay out a five-pronged strategy for eliminating health inequality that is built around the concept of a patient-centered medical home.
- Empowering Individuals in the Health Care System
Robert E. Moffit calls for a fundamental revamping of the health care system in which access to insurance no longer depends on employment.
- Reducing Disparities by Targeting Mothers & Children by Barbara L. Wolfe
Barbara L. Wolfe suggests that headway on disparities is best made by targeting the health of low-income women and their children.
- Transforming the EITC to Reduce Poverty and Inequality:
Policies for the 21st-Century Labor Market
The Earned Income Tax Credit is widely cited as one of America's most successful antipoverty programs. But can it be improved? Retooled for the economic crisis? Gordon Berlin describes how a refashioned EITC could make poverty history.
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