How to Make Sure a Growing U.S. Economy Helps the Poor

Lane Kenworthy
Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Arizona

America's economy is growing, but the poor are faltering. Since the 1970s, wages alone have not lifted incomes at the bottom. One remedy automatically links social benefits to economic growth. This has worked for Social Security and to help the nonelderly poor in other countries.

Read Kenworthy's brief here.

Click here to get information about Kenworthy's most recent book, Progress for the Poor (Oxford University Press 2011), and here to learn about his earlier book on Jobs with Equality (Oxford University Press, 2008).

See Lane Kenworthy's profile for more on his wide-ranging publications and media contributions about living standards, poverty, jobs and employment, and social policies in the United States and other affluent nations.

Kenworthy maintains a blog, "Consider the Evidence," which can be found here. In August 2012, he published an OpEd in the Washington Post on "Five Myths about the Middle Class."