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Concentrated poverty


  • Aliprantis, Dionissi
  • Zenker, Mary


Although the U.S. poverty rate was the same in 2000 as it was in 1970, the geographic distribution of the poor has become more concentrated. A higher concentration of poor in poor neighborhoods is a concern because it may mean the poor are exposed to fewer opportunities that affect their outcomes in life, like employment and income. We show where and how poverty has become more concentrated in the United States, and who is most likely to be affected.

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  • Aliprantis, Dionissi & Zenker, Mary, 2011. "Concentrated poverty," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Dec.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:y:2011:i:dec21:n:2011-26

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    1. DeYoung, Robert & Frame, W. Scott & Glennon, Dennis & McMillen, Daniel P. & Nigro, Peter, 2008. "Commercial lending distance and historically underserved areas," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 60(1-2), pages 149-164.
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    1. Dionissi Aliprantis, 2011. "Assessing the evidence on neighborhood effects from moving to opportunity," Working Paper 1101, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.


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