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A Contrast of Black and White Feminization of Poverty


  • Emily M. Northrop

    (Southwestern University)


The feminization of poverty was most pronounced from 1959 through 1978, and was more extreme among blacks than among whites. It resulted almost equally from a deterioration of female-headed household poverty status relative to that of the rest of the population, and from a demographic shift into female-headed households. Between 1978 and 1991 there was little net change in the percentage of the poor living in female-headed households; thus, the trend was mitigated over those years.

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  • Emily M. Northrop, 1994. "A Contrast of Black and White Feminization of Poverty," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 20(4), pages 465-470, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:20:y:1994:i:4:p:465-470

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    Demographics; Poor;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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