Tools for Understanding
Economic Hardship and Risk

This project provides a set of tools for learning more about poverty and inequality in the United States. Join the hundreds of thousands of visitors from over 200 countries who have explored the website. We hope that you are able to use these tools to create a positive change in confronting and addressing poverty.

This website and all of the accompanying text is authored by Mark R. Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at Washington University in St. Louis.

For a brief TED style talk on understanding poverty as an issue of “us” rather than “them,” click here.