Researcher talks about people trying to live on $2 a day

Kathryn J. Edin, who has found what she calls “hidden poverty” all over the United States, put a face on those statistics. She said the common denominator between all the people she met was their fervent desire to work.

Sixty-four percent of Cape families earn less than the $73,332 needed for a family of four to live on the peninsula, while the median income has decreased five percent in the last decade, according to census figures used by Falmouth Service Center staff in a recent grant application. Reading from notes on a recent grant application, Falmouth Service Center director Brenda Swain quoted those numbers to put the Cape into context as she introduced researcher Kathryn J. Edin, author of “$2.00 a Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America.” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2015.)

Edin, who has found what she calls “hidden poverty” all over the United States, put a face on those statistics. She said the common denominator between all the people she met was their fervent desire to work.