By Eli Saslow
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning assortment, Washington publish reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the kingdom over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to study the non-public and political implications and repercussions of America's turning out to be nutrients stamp program.
Saslow exhibits us the intense influence the arriving of meals stamps has every month on a small town's suffering economic system, the tricky offerings our representatives face in imposing this $78-billion application affecting thousands of usa citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior voters, and youngsters stumble upon on a daily basis in making sure they've got adequate, and infrequently even whatever to consume. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required interpreting, delivering nuance and figuring out to the advanced issues of yank poverty.
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Extra info for American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series
First of all, do the statistics reveal a common explanatory pattern of IWP across all countries? Second, are there particular national profiles which diverge from (or complement) such uniform patterns? These questions are addressed by focusing on the crucial relationship between poverty risks and the mechanisms which potentially lead to IWP. Three mechanisms are identified: job quality (remuneration levels), job quantity (labour market participation of household members) and household expenditure (cost of dependents).
This indicates that the household (mechanisms B and C) is likely to play a larger role in both countries. The descriptive statistics reveal the particular importance of mechanism B, that is the lack of partner employment for a large number of the working poor. While labour force participation among the non-poor is high in France and the UK, the employment patterns of poor households are rather different. 7a). Apart from this, household constellations look similar to the Swedish case. The biggest single subgroup among the working poor is, as in Sweden, singles without children (although the value of 37 per cent in Sweden dwarfs values of around 17 per cent in the UK and in France).
2). Low earnings have among the highest odds ratios in all countries. This indicates the crucial relevance of mechanism A for determining the risk of IWP across all countries. Despite this effect being uniformly present in all countries, a number of differences can be observed. indd 25 5/27/2011 7:54:49 PM 26 Alexander Goerne It is striking that low wages are most important for predicting IWP risks in Sweden. 7 per cent (Poland). We can conclude that the household context plays relatively little role in determining the IWP risk in Sweden, in the sense that workers are not poor due to living together with non-working or dependent household members (This doesn’t mean, however, that household composition is entirely irrelevant.
American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series by Eli Saslow