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The Experts' War on PovertySocial Research and the Welfare Agenda in Postwar America$
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Romain D. Huret

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450488.001.0001

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The Poverty Paradox

The Poverty Paradox

(p.13) 1 The Poverty Paradox
The Experts' War on Poverty

Romain D. Huret

, John Angell
Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the invention of the modern poverty paradox – the increase of poor people in spite of economic growth in the 1950s. On this matter, the federal government played a pioneering role. By then, poor people were invisible, and federal officials gather statistics and ponder over new tools of measurement.

Keywords:   1950s, Federal Government, Poverty Knowledge, Poverty Line, Statistics, Income Distribution

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