Nicholas Gager

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9 Ways We're Better Off Now Than We Were On The First Labor Day (And 5 Ways We're Not)

In 1894, when Congress created the holiday now known as Labor Day, the world was a different place -- indeed, many states were still just baby territories back then.<p>But things were especially different for the workers, many of whom often struggled in dangerous conditions for little pay. So just how …

Lewis Hine’s Photography and The End of Child Labor in the United States

It’s hard to imagine it, but in the early 1900s, child labor was still extremely common in the United States. All across the nation children would …

One in ten kids globally are child laborers—and that’s considered good news

Wondering how 168 million child laborers could be a positive thing? Well, the number represents about a third fewer workers aged 5 to 17 than there were in 2000. The fastest decrease in child laborers has come in last four years, even though child advocates had feared an increase because of the …

Economics

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

The prevalence of human trafficking, child slavery, and abusive labor practices in the cacao industry is surprisingly under-reported. With the average U.S. citizen eating over 11 pounds of chocolate (that's about 120 chocolate bars), per year, it is incredible to consider how few of us are aware of …

Child Labor Bans Actually Make Things Worse For The Poorest Children

But banning child labor outright may not work in countries with systemic, widespread poverty and no social security programs to help out poor families in dire straits.<p>This is according to a new NBER study by Prashant Bharadwaj of UCSD, Leah Lakdawal of Michigan State University and Nicholas Li of …

Social landlord gives residents food bank vouchers as poverty increases

Last week, the Red Cross launched its first winter food aid programme in Britain since the second world war. Food poverty is at record levels, with the largest food bank charity in the country reporting that over 350,000 people were supported in the six months between April and September this …

Poverty Produces Smaller Brains

The rich really are different, at least when it comes to their brains. In two separate studies, researchers found that experiencing poverty in early …

UK child poverty survey exposes 'grinding reality' of cold, damp homes

More than half of all poor children in the UK are living in homes that are too cold, and around a quarter said their home suffered from damp or mould, a survey published by the Children's Society indicates.<p>Of those children surveyed who said their family was "not well off at all", 76% said they …

Disadvantaged young people face 'life sentence of poverty and exclusion'

A lost generation of disadvantaged young people not engaged in work or study have been warned they could face a "life sentence of poverty and exclusion" in light of a government report that finds vast discrepancies in educational achievement based on wealth.<br>The Council of Australian Governments …

Bolsa-Família: template for poverty reduction or recipe for dependency?

Global development professionals network,New development models hub,Policy and advocacy,Poverty,Society,Social exclusion,Brazil,Americas,World news,Global development,Social protection,Welfare,Development finance<p>Now 10 years old, Brazil's biggest welfare programme has so far benefited 50 million …

How Many Americans Live In Poverty?

As we reported earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country. So we were interested to see a Census report out today based on the "supplemental poverty measure" — a newer, unofficial method that figures in the value of many government benefits, the …