The Public Interest

Income and welfare in New York City

David M. Gordon

Summer 1969

UNTIL very recently Americans paid almost no attention to information about the distribution of income in this country. For one thing, we totally ignored available facts about the persistence of poverty. We also neglected important data about the shares of the pie consumed by different groups among the nonpoor—probably because the flush of post-war prosperity convinced us that everyone was doing equally well.

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