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Mark Robert Rank, Social Scientist, discusses poverty in America in-depth.

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Dr. Mark Robert Rank discussed poverty as is rare spoken about pointing out some alarming factoids few people know about.

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Mark Robert Rank is currently the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the George Warren Brown  School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on issues of poverty, inequality, and social justice.

Rank has been the recipient of many awards. His research has been reported in a wide range of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post,  The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and National Public Radio. He is the co-author of the book “Poorly Understood: What America gets wrong about poverty” which we discuss in this interview.

Dr. Rank points out some interesting realities.

  • Contrary to popular belief, most Americans in poverty are white, and very few of the poor live in inner cities.
  • By the age of 75, 58.5% of Americans will have spent some part of their life living below the poverty line.
  • Statistically, if you are born poor in America, you are more likely to live and die poor than in almost any other developed country.
  • It’s well understood that poor whites have been voting against their own economic self-interests for decades.

Listen to the entire interview. It is worth your time.


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