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So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America

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Peter Edelman spoke at Stetson University in October 2013, as the first speaker in the university's Social Justice Lecture Series. In So Rich, So Poor, Edelman suggests that public policies can have a positive impact on the labor market to create jobs. Specifically, he argues for a higher minimum wage, stronger labor standards in trade agreements such as NAFTA, returning to the higher tax rates of the 1990s for businesses and high earners, a macroeconomic focus on jobs rather than inflation and debt, a reinvigoration of unions, increases in benefits to low-income families such as the EITC, public housing and housing vouchers, and the child tax credit, and taking steps to reduce income inequality. Edelman is a lawyer, policy maker and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is faculty director of the Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.

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