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Joblessness and Poverty in America’s Central Cities; Causes and Policy Prescriptions

Citation

Kasarda, 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.

Abstract

Two 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.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1080/10511482.1996.9521226

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Housing Policy Debate

Author(s)

Kasarda, John D.
Ting, Kwok-Fai

Year Published

1996

Volume Number

7

Issue Number

2

Pages

347-419

Reference ID

752