CitationKasarda, John D. & Ting, Kwok-Fai (1996). Joblessness and Poverty in America's Central Cities; Causes and Policy Prescriptions. Housing Policy Debate, 7(2), 347-419.
AbstractTwo paradigms pervade the policy debate on the causes of urban joblessness and poverty: (1) a structural, nonvoluntaristic perspective emphasizing the roles of urban economic change, residential segregation, and spatial and skills mismatches, and (2) a rational‐choice, voluntaristic perspective contending that the generosity and ready availability of welfare programs have removed the incentive for poor persons to accept low‐paying jobs. This article brings together propositions of each paradigm into a comprehensive theoretical model. The study measured and tested key causal operators of the model for a sample of 67 large U.S. cities, with special attention to race and gender.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleHousing Policy Debate
Author(s)Kasarda, John D.