Reducing Poverty the Democratic Way
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Reducing Poverty the Democratic Way book
The factors that limit success among the poor are pretty clear. The most important are their low education levels and weak skills; the low pay for unskilled work in the United States, the correspondingly reduced incentive for many to remain in the job market, and the difficulty in finding or keeping jobs; and various "group-specific" barriers. Over the long-term, the most important policy for lowering poverty and raising opportunity is to improve the education and skills of low-income children, youth, and adults. If anything, the gaps in schooling between poor children and others are rising. Besides raising skills, making work pay, and ensuring job availability, particular groups of low-income children and adults face specific problems and barriers that need specific solutions. Several are pervasive enough or critical enough that they clearly merit attention in any effort to fight poverty and improve opportunity.