Eilert Sundt lecture 2017: $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children. Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? And what do they do to survive?

poor family in USA

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Edin's study is based on novel income surveys and in-depth interviews and field work among America's poorest. 

Kathryn Edin is one of the worlds leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts.

She is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is the author of the following books:

  • Coming of Age in the Other America (2016)
  • $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America ((2015)
  • Doing the best I can: Fatherhood in the inner city (2013)
  • Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage (2007)
  • Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work (1997)

Published June 23, 2017 2:27 PM - Last modified Feb. 13, 2018 8:56 AM