Title

Exploiting the Poor: Housing, Markets, and Vulnerability

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

April 2017

Abstract

Matthew Desmond provocatively claims that landlords exploit poor tenants in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016). This essay celebrates Desmond's work and explores the exploitation claim, focusing on how landlords deliberately exploit vulnerable tenants and on forms of market-based exploitation.