- "Fresh Pain for the Uninsured," By Brian Grow & Robert Berner (Online 11/21/2007; Print edition 12/3/07)
More from the Series:
- "The Ugly Side of Microlending," By Keith Epstein and Geri Smith (Online 12/13/2007; Print edition 12/24/2007)
More from the Reporters:
- "Banks vs. Consumers (Guess Who Wins)," By Robert Berner and Brian Grow, (Online 6/5/2008; Print edition 6/16/2008)
"On Point: The Poverty Business," NPR, Aired 5/17/08
Tom Ashbrook interviews Paul M. Barrett, BusinessWeek assistant managing editor, and Keith Epstein, co-author of "The Poverty Business," on this talk show out of Boston's WBUR. Additional guests: Steve Wedding, CFO and president of franchising for J.D. Byrider, and Michael Barr, law professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
"From Poverty, Opportunity: Putting the Market to Work for Lower Income Families," The Brookings Institution, July 2006
The think tank report by economist Matt Fellowes that got BusinessWeek reporter Brian Grow thinking about the poverty business.
"Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt," New York Times, 7/20/08
While high interest and fees hit the working poor particularly hard, business reporter Gretchen Morgenson looks at why Americans in all income brackets being buried under a mountain of debt. Also, op-ed columnist David Brooks weighs in on who's to blame in a "culture of debt."