The striking power of poverty to turn young boys into jobless men

by Emily Badger and Christopher Ingraham

Graffiti on a Baltimore street. Photo: John Brucato/ Flickr

Men are more likely to work than women. This has been true in the United States for generations and for entrenched reasons that have to do with “family values” and workplace policies. It’s true because the culture says women should care for their children and because paying for child care is expensive. And it’s true because of discrimination.