By Barbara Ehrenreich

ISBN-10: 0805088385

ISBN-13: 9780805088380

The bestselling, landmark paintings of undercover reportage, now updatedAcclaimed as an speedy vintage upon booklet, Nickel and Dimed has bought greater than 1.5 million copies and turn into a staple of lecture room analyzing. selected for 'one book' tasks around the kingdom, it has fueled national campaigns for a residing salary. humorous, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of existence in low-wage America'the tale of Barbara Ehrenreich's makes an attempt to eke out a dwelling whereas operating as a waitress, inn maid, condo purifier, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate'has develop into a vital a part of the nation's political discourse.Now, in a brand new afterword, Ehrenreich indicates that the plight of the underpaid has on no account eased: with fewer jobs to be had, deteriorating paintings stipulations, and no pay elevate in sight, Nickel and Dimed is extra proper than ever.

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Second, panel data studies over recent years have shown that, although poverty may persist among some of the poorest, those who are poor are not a constant, static group. The use of panel datasets (Baulch and Hoddinott 2001) and other innovative survey tools (Krishna, this volume, Chapter 33) shows that there are substantial movements in and out of poverty. Some above the poverty line are vulnerable to poverty, and some below the line may move out of poverty. Others below the line will remain there, perhaps for generations.

For much of the developing world, that means growth in the rural sectors of the economy, such as in agriculture (World Bank 2008a; Klasen, this volume, Chapter 13). Furthermore, enabling the poor to improve their labor productivity through investments in education, improvements in health, or specialized activities can promote pro-poor growth (Valdés and Foster, this volume, Chapter 12). Additionally, reducing inequality through growth that favors the poor more than the rich or through redistributive measures will reduce poverty.

Household incomes may take several years to recover from shocks, and the larger the loss, the slower the recovery (Dercon 2004). Some shocks, such as ill health or the death of a family member, directly affect a household’s ability to earn. Additionally, a household sometimes has to sell its productive assets, such as land and livestock, in order to survive the hardship brought about by a shock. Longer-term impacts result when households have to reduce their expenditure for education, pulling children out of school (Behrman, Gaviria, and Szekely 2001) or cut back on consumption.

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