Poverty Paper

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Poverty Economic Problems and Issues ECO405 Professor Mark 1/30/15 Poverty Introduction Being a child, living in a low income family, or poor family, does not come by choice. Some statistics show that 1 out of every 4 children lives in a home where they are at poverty level (Poverties.org, 2011). These kids are on welfare through the state and are receiving food stamps and other government help so that their parents can make it through on a day to day. Some statistics suggest that single-mother homes and illegal immigrants are contributing to the poverty level in the United States (Poverties.org, 2011). There are roughly 24.2 million children that live in poor households. That is ridiculous, considering the United States is the richest nation in the entire world (Ingraham, 2014). Child poverty. Child poverty is when the environment a child lives in can be damaging to a child’s health, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional development, and is felt by the children through touching with their hands, through their minds and even through their hearts (UNICEF, 2005). In the article analyzed, studies show that 60 percent of the nation’s median income is $31,000. Poverty within the United States is also discussed at a state level, and in between the years of 2006 and 2011, there was an increase in poverty in 34 of the 50 states (Ingraham, 2014). Theories for poverty. According to Poverty (2010), there are many theories as to why poverty exists. It can be anything from the individual themselves or even the economic or social conditions that would lead someone down the road to poverty (Poverty, 2010). One theory listed was the culture of poverty theory. This theory means that within certain communities, there are certain attitudes the will discourage the economic success. This will eventually be passed on from one generation to the next and the cycle will

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