In these notes, I provide some general ideas on how to conceptualize poverty traps and speculate on their applicability to understanding Appalachian poverty. My goal is to stimulate thinking on Appalachia that exploits contemporary perspectives in economics on the sources of persistent poverty and inequality. To do this, I focus on both the theory of poverty traps as well as issues in the econometric assessment of their empirical salience.
Discussion Paper Number
Durlauf, Steven, "Notes on Poverty Traps and Appalachia" (2010). University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Discussion Paper Series. 53.