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Exploiting the Poor: Housing, Markets, and Vulnerability

21 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017 Last revised: 20 Jun 2017

Ezra Rosser

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rosser, Ezra, Exploiting the Poor: Housing, Markets, and Vulnerability (April 1, 2017). 126 Yale Law Journal Forum 458 (2017).; American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2017-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2955781

Ezra Rosser (Contact Author)

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