HOUSTON—At midnight on the first of the month, a scene unfolds at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sites that underscores the deep financial strains that many low-income American consumers still face.
Parking lots come to life after 11 p.m. as customers start to stream into the stores, cramming their shopping carts full of milk, infant formula and other necessities.
Then at midnight, when the government replenishes their electronic-benefit accounts with their monthly allotments of food stamps, nutritional grants for mothers with babies or other aid for needy families, they head for the registers.
Comments, observations and thoughts from two bloggers on applied statistics, higher education and epidemiology. Joseph is an associate professor. Mark is a professional statistician and former math teacher.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
The next time you hear a discussion about the fastest way to pump money into the economy...
Tell everybody we have a winner (from the WSJ.com via Thoma):
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There is also a good argument that poverty relief programs are also a public good. Starving, homeless people do not improve the liveablility of cities!ReplyDelete
This does seem to be a rather good argument for better anti-povery programs at the current time as the issues of moral hazard are much less during a severe recession.