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The Poverty Paradox: Understanding Economic Hardship Amid American Prosperity

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The paradox of poverty amid plenty has plagued the United States throughout the 21st century – why should the wealthiest country in the world also have the highest rates of poverty among the industrialized nations?

Based upon the ideas in his latest book, Mark Rank will explore the answers to this paradox. He will outline a unique explanation that he has developed over the years, along with ideas and strategies for addressing poverty.

Register online to receive Zoom information on the morning of the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



Social Work
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Speaker Information

Mark R. Rank, PhD
Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare
Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

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