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Duquesne University Theology Professor Takes a New Look at Poverty

A Duquesne University professor has written a book about ways to lessen the effects of poverty by focusing on more than simply a meager income.

Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition, a book authored by Dr. James Bailey, an associate theology professor at Duquesne, focuses on ways of building assets among the poor.

The publication explores Bailey’s theory on how current United States polices designed to reduce poverty, are inefficient because they only focus on one factor of poverty—inadequate income.  Bailey used Catholic social teachings to develop a strategy to reduce poverty that includes principles such as human dignity and the common good of people. In addition, Bailey believes that creating savings accounts through tax codes can ultimately be used for education and accumulating assets.

The book was published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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