Poverty and Transfers In-Kind

Poverty and Transfers In-Kind

A Re-Evaluation of Poverty in the United States

Author: Morton Paglin
ISBN: 978-0-8179-7192-2
Publication Date: 2/22/1980

Billions of dollars have been spent by government--federal, state, and local--to reduce poverty in America. Yet, incredibly, the number of poor people has declined only modestly, judging by government statistics. How is this possible?

Morton Paglin provides the answer: government statistics on poverty count only the money income of poor people, systematically excluding all the valuable services they receive. Such in-kind transfers include food stamps, free school lunches, medicaid and medicare, rent supplements, and public housing. Dr. Paglin's timely book is the result of his investigation to demonstrate that there are far fewer poor people in America than current figures indicate, and that existing anti-poverty programs are successful and thus do not need to be supplemented with new programs or radical reforms. This book is an important contribution to public policy analysis and undoubtedly will be widely cited and quoted by future writers in the field.

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Morton Paglin

Morton Paglin is Professor of Economics at Portland State University in Oregon. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkely where he also taught. He has held a Ford faculty fellowship in economics and a fellowshop from the Hoover Institution. Dr. Paglin has published extensively in such journals such as Economica, The National Tax Journal, and The American Economic Review.

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