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How Poverty Affects The Economy

Economic inequality has steadily increased in America over the past few decades, with some areas of the country experiencing wider gaps than others. This growing wealth divide not only has an effect on who feels like part of the community, but it also impacts how well the economy functions.

Studies have shown that higher income people are more likely to spend money, keep jobs longer, invest in things such as business loans or savings, and take risks with their investments than individuals living below the poverty line. These behaviors help create a stable environment for businesses to thrive in.

When there is less spending, employees tend to look for ways to conserve energy, which can negatively affect productivity. Lower investment levels also hinder growth and opportunity. More risk aversion means entrepreneurs may give up trying to start new ventures because they do not feel comfortable investing money in projects.

Inequality not only hurts those at the top, but it also harms the overall health of our society and economy. It creates a sense of separation between people who are wealthy and people who are not, reducing social cohesion and motivating people to stay in small, limited groups instead of joining larger communities.

Less consumer spending

how poverty effects the economy

Recent studies show that people in poverty are much less likely to spend money than those who are not, which has an effect on the economy.

Studies have shown that when individuals in poor or low-income areas cannot afford basic necessities like food, shelter, health care and transportation, they will often go without them, thus limiting their purchases. This can also include giving up things such as movie tickets, snacks, etc.

These individuals may feel uncomfortable going out socially, so they don’t take many trips outside of home. If they do, it is probably for work or educational purposes only, since traveling beyond these limits is too expensive.

The limited budget affects how frequently they wash and groom themselves, making them look poorer and more unkempt. All of this contributes to creating an environment where people feel discouraged about improving their financial situation, and even feeling hopeless about finding employment or education opportunities.

This lack of motivation to pursue wealth can continue to perpetuate poverty.

Less government spending

how poverty effects the economy

As we have seen, one of the biggest factors in our current economic crisis is lower government spending. Luckily, there are many ways wealthy people can help promote an increase in governmental spending!

If you read my article “Why Is Businesses Are Not Hiring” then you know that businesses do not invest in new equipment or expand their business because they do not have employees to work with them.

Most people believe that companies grow through hiring more staff, but this is not always the case. Some companies choose to keep their workforce the same while they invest in newer equipment or start up projects.

The thing about investing in new equipment or expanding your business is that it takes time to see results. You need to wait for the equipment to be paid off before you can use it, and you will not reap the benefits of its usage until years later. This is why most large corporations stay within budgeted budgets – they cannot afford to spend too much money without seeing results.

Business owners who hire workers make sure things run smoothly for their team, but what about helping out others? Why don't some CEOs take time off and go shopping or visit a friend outside of work hours? It seems like these professionals could easily afford it, but they don't.

This is how the economy suffers. Companies avoid investing in new equipment due to cost, and individuals refuse to enjoy life because they are afraid of running out of money.

Less tourism spending

A large part of our economy is dependent on people who enjoy traveling, so when this group does not travel as much because they cannot afford to, it has an incredible negative effect on the economy.

Businesses depend heavily upon tourists for income, and if there are less wealthy individuals in the country that can no longer spend money while traveling, it becomes harder and/or more expensive for businesses to stay open.

This was seen during the recent coronavirus pandemic when many states placed restrictions on people’s ability to leave their homes, which cut down on domestic air traffic as well as international tourist arrivals.

Overall revenue from tourism drops, and some industries have hard time recovering due to the length of time needed to bring travelers back into business.

Less investment

how poverty effects the economy

One of the biggest ways poverty can hurt our economy is by limiting how much money people have to invest in new projects or equipment. This effect is very noticeable when it comes to investing in businesses!

Business owners are constantly looking for ways to improve their companies, but they often don’t have enough money to do so. It may be due to financial limitations, but more likely it’s because most business owners feel that they can’t afford to make any changes.

They believe that if things aren’t working now, there must not be much hope for them.

This mentality prevents them from making needed adjustments and deprives our economy of important investments. We as consumers also lose out because we cannot spend effectively if an essential part of our daily lives has no way to improve its performance.

We need to remember that spending money is a form of investment. Who you buy things from and how much you spent makes a difference in the success of your own business and the growth of the economy as a whole.

Less job creation

how poverty effects the economy

As we have seen, when people are not given enough money to live on, they will need to find ways to make up for it by limiting their spending. This includes giving up things like food or clothes that you would normally purchase.

In addition to this, poor people may be unable to afford basic needs such as transportation to get to work, childcare while she is in school, or good public transport so that they do not spend lots of money on expensive taxis. All these factors prevent them from investing in employment opportunities effectively.

Many businesses won’t recruit if there isn’t enough money coming into the company, and those that do face additional hurdles in paying staff, keeping busy lines open during working hours, and motivating workers who may be struggling themselves. The overall effect is less job creation.

There could also be a lack of skilled labor due to unemployed or under-employed individuals. It becomes harder to hire someone new with limited resources than someone who doesn’t feel that they don’t have enough money to buy what you’re selling!

Another effect of poverty is lower tax revenue. People often go without necessary services because they can’t afford them, leading to reduced income tax receipts and longer wait times for urgent social service support like health care and housing.

Less education spending

how poverty effects the economy

Education is one of the biggest expenses for most families, which can be made or broken depending on their income. Schools spend around $9000 per student on average on educational materials like books, classroom supplies, and tuition costs.

But how much students actually learn from these resources depends very heavily on how well funded their school class-size and teacher salaries are. The more money there is to buy new books and pay teachers higher wages, the better students will be able to learn.

Studies have shown that every $1000 spent on educating a child up until age 18 helps them achieve at least two extra years’ worth of learning compared to children in schools that get less funding. This equals out to about half a year’s worth of learning in the United States where kids typically receive 15 years of federal, state, and local schooling.

In fact, a recent study found that even just reducing the number of times teachers go through the bus route can help students perform as well as those who attend classes with longer routes. These shorter buses cost less to run, and so do the lessons that they teach.

This means that investing in lower-income areas not only creates safer environments for people, it also benefits the economy by giving individuals and communities the tools to thrive.

Less safety and security

how poverty effects the economy

The more poverty you have in our country, the less safe your home is. This makes it much easier for criminals to come into your house with no questions asked.

In fact, one of the biggest causes of violence in homes is poor housing. If someone needs food or shelter, they will take what they need by force.

This is why experts say that investing in quality housing is an investment in our community’s safety.

Quality housing means safer streets, and better opportunities for individuals who want to improve their lives. It helps keep people together because we are all connected through each other as neighbors or members of the same community.

It is important to note that high crime areas often lack good public transportation so most residents are left sitting alone at night or unable to visit friends or family outside of the area.

That doesn’t make things any easier when there are hunger pangs or worries about where your next meal coming from.

Larger welfare costs

how poverty effects the economy

One of the major effects that poverty has on our economy is in how it impacts funding for programs and services. These are what we refer to as “good” things- things like health care, education, job training and placement, and other services and benefits that make your life more comfortable or possible.

When people are living in poverty, they often have less money to spend spending on these goods and services. This is true not only because poor people may be paying off debt or buying basic necessities, but also due to lower income tax returns and smaller donations from individuals and businesses.

Because of this, governments must raise revenue some other way. Some ways include higher user fees (for example, using an expensive car insurance policy) or taxes on wealthier citizens or business sectors. By raising such fees or taxes, governments can afford the same level of service with fewer resources.

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