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The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination [Paperback]

Bradley R Schiller
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July 21, 2007 0131889699 978-0131889699 10

For the past twenty years this book has been distinguished by its relevant coverage, tight organization, multidisciplinary perspective, and timeliness. The tenth edition preserves these qualities while incorporating new reference material. A three-part organization covers the dimensions of poverty and inequality, causes of poverty, and policy options. For social workers, welfare professionals, and job counselors.



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This book was written to provide students with a broad overview of the dimensions of poverty and discrimination, the various explanations for these social ills, and the policy options for addressing them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

  • The latest (1998) poverty profiles, including special Census Bureau tabulations undertaken specifically for the Schiller text.
  • A detailed discussion of the new welfare system (TANF) and an assessment of its impact on welfare caseloads and poverty.
  • An assessment of the affirmative action reversals in California and elsewhere.
  • More illustrations and assessments of the interplay between business cycles, poverty, and discrimination.
  • A new assessment of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as well as targeted employee tax credits (e.g., the Work Opportunity Tax Credit).
  • Expanded discussion of the minimum wage.
  • New material on "family policy," including maternity leave and child care subsidies.
  • New emphasis on class discrimination and income-targeted preferences.
  • More public opinion data on poverty, inequality, and racism.
  • Additional data on the critical antipoverty effectiveness of Social Security and other income-transfer programs.

In addition to this wealth of new material, the new edition of The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination lists web sites that permit students to access additional data and resources. An accompanying Instructor's Manual, prepared by Professor Steve Rock of Western Illinois University, offers additional resources and teaching suggestions.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 10 edition (July 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131889699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131889699
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant look at the economics of poverty October 14, 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I felt the authors bring up salient issues about the world's economic realities and offers some concrete suggestions on beginning to tackle issues of extreme poverty. I did not necessarily agree with each and every method proposed, however the book was well written and thought provoking and inspired a spirited discussion amongst peers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classroom to bookshelf? September 5, 2011
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I purchased this book for a class and actually read the whole thing. The book is very informative and paints a decent picture of the issue of poverty for this country. I did find that the book seemed to demonize the opinion that "Poor people don't work hard and that is why they're poor." While I personally do not feel that poverty is universally due to flawed character I do feel that the book was a little biased and didn't attempt to justify the "blame the poor" view point at all. Overall an intriguing book, but still a text book. I sold it after the class. Thank you Amazon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is great; bookbinding subpar? January 23, 2010
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Schiller is definitely a careful and thorough writer, which makes this a very comprehensive overview of poverty in the U.S. I definitely suggest it to anyone to learn more about the causes and effects of poverty and I especially suggest this for anyone going into social work, public health, education, or another social service profession. However, this book fell apart (I mean the pages literally just came apart from one another) within days of receiving it. It was a brand-new book when it arrived. Did this happen to anyone else?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for college course January 3, 2014
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Rarely are there books that just should be read by everyone, especially in the economics field. This is one of the rare times.
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