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Date and Location

April 20, 2023
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM ET
R-229 Carr Conference Room


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​​​Matthew Desmond’s Poverty, by America, now #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, contends that poverty has not declined at all in the US in recent decades.  Former Senator Phil Gramm’s The Myth of American Inequality claims we have nearly eliminated poverty.  This study group will examine the reliability of these and other opposing claims made in these books, review the evidence, and assess how the books use -- or misuse -- data and research.

​This study group / discussion is open to all. Registration is not necessary.

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Speakers and Presenters

​​​​Robert Greenstein, M-RCBG Research Fellow