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Friday, October 3, 2014

What About the Poor?

Why do some people get trapped in poverty? How do laws, norms, and values affect public policy aimed at alleviating poverty? Will the poor always be with us, and what does that mean? 
Host Janet Neilson was joined by Prof. Mike Munger of Duke University on October 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT for an interactive discussion on insitutions and poverty.

Check out related resources below to learn: 
  • About poverty traps, and how they are formed
  • Why some policy problems are so hard to solve 
  • Better ways to think about solving social problems




“What About the Poor?” was based on the topic of institutions. To learn more about this topic, check out FEE's learning module on ideologies and institutions.


A big thanks to Paul Jackson, who attended the event and tracked down a public copy of the Thomas C. Leonard piece that came up during our discussion of the minimum wage: Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era