Exploiting the Poor: Housing, Markets, and Vulnerability
21 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017 Last revised: 20 Jun 2017
Date Written: April 1, 2017
Matthew Desmond provocatively claims that landlords exploit poor tenants in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016). This essay celebrates Desmond's work and explores the exploitation claim, focusing on how landlords deliberately exploit vulnerable tenants and on forms of market-based exploitation.
Keywords: Eviction, Evicted, Poverty, Poverty Law, Housing Law, Housing, Exploitation, Inequality
JEL Classification: K11, R21, R31, I3
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