Poverty in the U.S.: Recent Development in Policy Analysis and Empirical Studies

CHEN Guo, ZHOU Jiang-ping, Amy K. Glasmeier

Keywords: Poverty; U.S.; Policy; Empirical Studies


This article is a brief introduction to the recent development in poverty studies in the U.S., in particular to the policy analyses and empirical studies recently appearing in English-language journals. Following an account of recent poverty statistics and research progress in the U.S., a summary of the three selected English-language articles is provided. We then analyze how the three articles contribute to recent research development in the field, how they differ in their research scopes and analytical approaches to the study of poverty, and how they provide intriguing questions that remain unsolved. Finally, by comparing the contexts of poverty in the U.S. and China, we suggest a few questions to be addressed in the Chinese context and discuss the challenges that are currently facing researchers, planners, and policy makers in China.


Brief Info of Author(s):

  • ?1. Amy K. Glasmeier. (2005) An Atlas of Poverty in America: One Nation, Pulling Apart, 1960-2003, iv-viii.
    2. Accessed on November 21 2006.
    3. John F.Kain. (1968) Housing Segregation, Negro Employment, and Metropolitan Decentralization. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1968, 82(2): 175-197.
    4. Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton. (1993) American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
    5. William Julius Wilson. (1996) When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor. New York: Knopf.
    6. 袁媛等.转型时期我国城市贫困研究述评.人文地理,2006,1:93-99.

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