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People Left Behind: Transitions of the Rural Poor

  • Joseph J. Molnar (a1) and Greg Traxler (a1)


Compared to their urban counterparts, the rural poor are more likely to be employed, more apt to be members of married-couple families, less likely to be children, less likely to be minority, and more likely to have assets but a negative income. This paper examines poverty rates and factors that affect mobility in and out of poverty among major categories of the rural poor. Particular attention is paid to farm workers and the rural farm population in the South. It endeavors to identify both structural conditions that perpetuate rural poverty and government interventions that ameliorate human suffering and break the cycle of poverty reproduction.



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People Left Behind: Transitions of the Rural Poor

  • Joseph J. Molnar (a1) and Greg Traxler (a1)


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