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By Joe Bageant

A raucous, truth-telling examine the white operating poor-and why they hate liberalism.

Deer searching with Jesus is internet columnist Joe Bageant’s record on what he discovered whilst he moved again to his homeland of Winchester, Virginia, which-like numerous American small towns-is speedy changing into the bedrock of an everlasting underclass. by means of turns brutal, delicate, incendiary, and heavily humorous, this booklet is a choice to hands for fellow progressives with little genuine knowing of "the nice beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning the USA that hasn't ever set foot in a Starbucks."

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This relies on the assumption that there is some disutility involved in moving from the food to the export sector, even when they are both in the rural area. While the assumption has the ring of being consistent with modern choice theory, in reality, it may be somewhat forced. A more natural justification is that productivity in the export sector is higher and that there is disguised unemployment in the traditional food-producing sector. Under this scenario, a move from the food to the export sector will lead to a higher wage if all can find employment there.

Hence individually these variables become y above in different versions of the equation. To establish whether the effect of family size varies by income level, n is interacted with a dummy for different per capita income quintiles. The results demonstrate conclusively that higher n (that is more children) is associated with lower family savings, lower labor force participation and earnings for mothers (but not for fathers), and lower school attendance. These results are after controlling for a range of other relevant factors.

Policy measures may have to be designed to counter these effects. Among the various poverty-offsetting measures included in the experiments in this chapter, it is found that an increase in direct government transfers to the adversely affected household groups is the most attractive policy option. However, this is more of a short-run policy measure. Other policy measures that may have favorable longer-term implications would include productivity improvement through a vigorous program of intensified use of high-yielding rice varieties, irrigation and better farm-to-market roads, as well as measures to encourage the growth of other non-rice crops.

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