Stephen Pimpare

Stephen Pimpare is author of A People’s History of Poverty in America, winner of the Michael Harrington Award, and is currently at work on Ghettoes, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen. He teaches U.S. social policy and social welfare history at Columbia University and NYU.  You can follow him on Twitter @stephenpimpare

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Three False Premises of the Ryan Poverty Plan
Paul Ryan has received a lot of attention for his recent poverty proposals . One wonders why, given that he has demonstrated time and again that he’s either unaware of the research on the topic, doesn’t understand it , or is intentionally misrepresenting it . In any case, he should be ignored. But...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Why Big Business Loves Desperate Workers
We don’t think enough about the economic functions of social welfare policy, or about the relationship between the safety net and labor markets, and this hinders our ability to make sense of why some people fight so hard against programs that aid poor and low-income people: We mistake them for anti...
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Generational Poverty the Exception, Not the Rule
Poverty is worse than you think, but it’s different than you think, too. Even if you count yourself as reasonably well informed about poverty in the U.S., what you think you know may be wrong. For example, you may know that by the official Census Bureau measure , 15 percent of the population was...
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