U.S. Poverty Analysis


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Poverty in the United States is largely a function of education, class, race, gender, age, and marital status. Poverty may be reduced by improving education, increasing wages, reducing discrimination, addressing marriage and divorce rates, changing individual behavior, or through greater use of government transfer programs.

MB’s minor in U.S. poverty analysis gives students the tools to understand why poverty can persist in a high income country and compare the possible solutions.

U.S. poverty analysis is available as a minor.

Why study U.S. Poverty Analysis at Mary Baldwin University?

Mary Baldwin College has a long tradition of connecting academic learning to practical experience through internships, volunteer opportunities, and travel. The minor in U.S. poverty analysis fosters those connections in several ways. The minor:

  • acknowledges and encourages students’ desires to work for justice in American society by improving the lives of people living in their communities.
  • challenges students to think critically about the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States and carefully consider possible individual and community responses to the problems.
  • is well-grounded in the analytical methods of the economics discipline, allowing students to build the skills necessary for making well-grounded, persuasive, careful arguments for policy changes.
  • encourages students and faculty to reduce barriers between traditional academic disciplines as we improve our understanding of poverty from economic, political, religious, psychological, philosophical, and sociological viewpoints.

Administration for Children and Families (DHHS)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Census Bureau (for poverty and income data.)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Economic Policy Institute

Institute for Research on Poverty

Joint Center for Poverty Research

National Poverty Center

The Urban Institute



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