A new and critically well-received book presents an eye-opening and devastating statistic: the number of families living on less than we might spend for our daily coffee has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households.
Author Kathryn Edin will discuss “$2.00 a Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America” at an evening to benefit the Falmouth Service Center on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:30 PM at Falmouth Academy.
Research by two distinguished scholars, Ms. Edin, a professor of sociology and public health at Johns Hopkins University, and H. Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan, has uncovered pockets of poverty in the United States so deep “that most Americans don’t believe they can exist.”
Readers are introduced to the sobering results of their research: as many as one in 25 American families with children have no earnings, no welfare check, and scrape by on less than $2 a day per person—an amount that is the World Bank’s measure of global poverty in the developing world.
The book’s compelling profiles of how families become poor and what they do to survive also demonstrates that finding and keeping even a minimum wage job can be incredibly difficult. Ms. Edin and Mr. Shaefer believe one step forward is a national conversation on improving the low-wage labor market.