Poor Boys Become Jobless Men
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 233 , Segment 6
Episode: Justice Scalia, Indian Spice, Antarctica, Burnt Out Physicians
- Feb 17, 2016
- 15:07 mins
Guest: Jeremy Majerovitz, Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Lab for Economic Applications and Policy Living in America means being able to improve your status no matter where you start from. That promise has brought immigrants to this country for centuries. It’s woven into the personal stories politicians share on the campaign trail and the tales in best-selling books. But for children across this country living with single mothers in poor, segregated neighborhoods the promise is largely out of reach. New analysis of millions of tax records from the last two decades shows that for young boys, the outcome is particularly dire. Whereas, men are generally more likely to work than women, if you’re a poor boy in certain neighborhoods in America, the opposite is true. Those boys become unemployed men.