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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Student of Latin American Politics Who Wants to Understand Inaction

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Accomplished Economist Who Wants to Empower Whole Societies

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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The Heirs of Steinbeck: Who Are the Fiction Writers Taking on Poverty and Inequality Today?

Seventy-five years after its first publication date, The Grapes of Wrath is still a staple in most American classrooms. Is that because we haven’t yet written anything that does a better job of portraying the devastation of not having enough?

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Lorde Knows Why Poor People Play the Lottery

On the eve of a monster MegaMillions draw, here’s another explanation of why those who can least afford it play the lottery: It helps them blow off steam.

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Nearly Half of All U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Low-Income Households

And things are only getting worse.

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How Being Poor Makes You Poor

New research shows how poverty can often be a self-perpetuating trap.

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The Not-So-Great Professor: Jeffrey Sachs’ Incredible Failure to Eradicate Poverty in Africa

Jeffrey Sachs was certain he knew how to rid the world of poverty. He even said it would be easy. The world had other ideas.

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Why Are Public Universities Failing Our Neediest Students?

Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to “financial aid leveraging,” offering wealthy or high-scoring students discounts on tuition.

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Why Is Zambia So Poor?

This landlocked country in Sub-Saharan Africa isn’t a failed state in the traditional sense: There’s no dictator, no child soldiers. But most of its 14 million people live on less than $1 per day. How did things get this way, and can they ever get better?

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The Demolition of Brewster-Douglass and Our Abandonment of the Working Poor

It’s more than just brick-and-mortar buildings that’s crumbling in Detroit.

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