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Questions tagged [poverty]

Questions related to the politics surrounding the state of being extremely poor (i.e policies with help or hinder such a position).

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Demographic with greatest difficulty in maintaining current US Voter ID?

In the US, for persons eligible, the relative costs or feasibility of obtaining, (or if necessary, maintaining), some current valid form of Voter ID varies by situation or condition. Particularly ...
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Is “poorphobia” a valid type of discrimination?

I originally posted this question in Skeptics.SE. My humanities teacher was apart of a Wikipedia project with a class describing the "discrimination against social precarity", using a newly-coined ...
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Under what circumstances are food banks financially necessary?

In Britain, food banks are a politically polarising issue. Some people find their existence essential, whilst some claim the need is drastically exaggerated. I am yet to make my mind up as I do not ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a well-publicized list of organizations that promote hateful agendas. Without debating the merits of the list -- which would be outside the scope of the ...
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Any empirical studies that confirm or deny on efficacy of strategies to move people off welfare?

Peter Cole comments in What I Learned in the Poverty Wars: At Wildcat, we showed that the best way to get clients off welfare was to get them paid work immediately, rather than enroll them in ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest a shift in ideology or attitudes towards children and childhood in the welfare issue of poverty?

I am preparing for my exam at University on Social Policy, one of the questions is Is there any evidence to suggest a shift in ideology or attitudes towards children and childhood in the issue of ...
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What are most common formulas for computing inequality? [closed]

For the moment let's ignore distribution models like meritocracy. Suppose a group has decided to divide their money in a certain way. What are the different formulas to measure how even or equal ...
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How much would basic guaranteed income cost?

I saw an interesting discussion here about basic guaranteed income but one of the primary objections is prohibitive cost, though this appears to be based on speculation. So I'd like to know how much ...
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Is there any evidence that giving cash to poor people is “better” than giving in-kind goods?

There is this idea in some circles that you shouldn't give cash to poor people. Poor people, the reasoning goes, don't always know how to spend money. They may disipate it, wasting it, and then still ...
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

The farm bill has been passed in the House. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. [...] ...
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How effective has the war on poverty been at eliminating poverty?

Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his 1964 State of the Union address. Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions ...