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Duquesne University Theology Professor Takes a New Look at Poverty

A Duquesne University professor has written a book about ways to lessen the effects of poverty by focusing on more than simply a meager income.


Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition, a book authored by Dr. James Bailey, an associate theology professor at Duquesne, focuses on ways of building assets among the poor.

The publication explores Bailey’s theory on how current United States polices designed to reduce poverty, are inefficient because they only focus on one factor of poverty—inadequate income.  Bailey used Catholic social teachings to develop a strategy to reduce poverty that includes principles such as human dignity and the common good of people. In addition, Bailey believes that creating savings accounts through tax codes can ultimately be used for education and accumulating assets.

The book was published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.