Poverty, Inequality, and Policy

PADM-GP.2445, 3 points.


This course examines the nature and extent of poverty primarily in the U.S. but with a comparative perspective (developed countries in Europe). It considers possible causes and consequences, and the antipoverty effects of existing and proposed policies.

In this course, we consider what is poverty – how do we measure it, what does it mean to be poor? Why is it so persistent, and so concentrated on particular groups? Is poverty passed on from one generation to the next? How do labor markets, family structure, and social organization come into play in shaping poverty? How successful have the array of anti poverty efforts been and which look most promising going forward?


CORE-GP.1018, CORE-GP.1011, and CORE-GP.1022 or URPL-GP.2660
Recommended Prerequisite: PADM-GP.2902 (or concurrently)

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2015Natasha StrassfeldSyllabus
Spring 2015Natasha StrassfeldSyllabus
Spring 2013Katherine M. O'ReganSyllabus
Fall 2011Syllabus
Spring 2011Katherine M. O'ReganSyllabus
Spring 2010Katherine M. O'ReganSyllabus
Spring 2010Katherine M. O'ReganSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2015Natasha WilsonEvaluation
Spring 2015Natasha WilsonEvaluation
Fall 2013Rachel SwanerEvaluation
Fall 2013Caitlyn T BrazillEvaluation
Spring 2013Katherine M. O'ReganEvaluation
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