The Future of the Family
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract High rates of divorce, single-parenthood, and nonmarital cohabitation are forcing Americans to reexamine their definition of family. This evolving social reality requires public policy to evolve as well. The Future of the Family brings together the top scholars of family policy—headlined by editors Lee Rainwater, Tim Smeeding, and, in his last published work, […]

Twenty Years of Research on Income Inequality, Poverty and Distribution in the Developed World
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review (Volume 2, Number 2, 2004)

Immigration and the Transformation of Europe
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract A new kind of historic transformation is underway in twenty-first-century Europe. Twentieth-century Europeans were no strangers to social, economic and political change, but their major challenges focused mainly on the intra-European construction of stable, prosperous, capitalist democracies. Today, by contrast, one of the major challenges is flows across borders – and particularly in-flows […]

Jobs with Equality
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract Economic and social shifts have led to rising income inequality in the world’s affluent countries. This is worrisome for reasons of fairness and because inequality has adverse effects on other socioeconomic goods. Redistribution can help, but government revenues are threatened by globalization and population aging. A way out of this impasse is for […]

Discretionary Time: A New Measure of Freedom
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract A healthy work-life balance has become increasingly important to people trying to cope with the pressures of contemporary society. This trend highlights the fallacy of assessing well-being in terms of finance alone; how much time we have matters just as much as how much money. The authors of this book have developed a […]

Growing Unequal: Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract This landmark study on inequality and poverty, which covers all 30 OECD countries, includes chapters on the main features and drivers of inequality, characteristics of poverty, and additional dimensions of inequality — such as intergenerational mobility, the impact of publicly-provided services, and the distribution of household wealth. The report draws heavily on the […]

Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract Poverty is not simply the result of an individual’s characteristics, behaviors or abilities. Rather, as David Brady demonstrates, poverty is the result of politics. In Rich Democracies, Poor People, Brady investigates why poverty is so entrenched in some affluent democracies whereas it is a solvable problem in others. Drawing on over thirty years […]

Poor Women in Rich Countries: The Feminization of Poverty Over the Life Course
Apr 04, 2011 | Books

Read abstract The first book to study women’s poverty over the life course, this wide-ranging collection focuses on the economic condition of single mothers and single elderly women–while also considering partnered women and immigrants–in eight wealthy but diverse countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries
Mar 25, 2011 | Books

Read abstract Gender inequality in the workplace persists, even in nations with some of the most progressive laws and generous family support policies. Yet the dimensions on which inequality is measured—levels of women’s employment, number of hours worked, sex segregation by occupations and wages—tell very different stories across industrialized nations. By examining federally guaranteed parental […]