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Nathan Mihalovich Reader: Daniel Laurison—Group 2 1 Question 1 Edin and Lein gather data about wage and welfare dependent women from four different cities in America. The authors contrast the women’s relative expenses and earnings, discovering that due to the nature of their work, wage-dependent women must work harder to produce more income because of higher expenses resulting from the work force; welfare-dependent women often draw from the same outside sources for income, but have lower costs and therefore not needing to produce as much income. In their book, the authors discover that often times welfare-dependent women earn more than wage-dependent women; living costs are simply too high for working women, and with lower income, but also fewer expenses, welfare-dependent women manage to get by, sometimes with a little extra. While neither type of woman lives a lush life, with a larger budget, wage-earning women must earn more money. They must call on outside sources, like family or unreported jobs, to make ends meet. Since there are larger bills to pay, more money must be drawn from these outside sources, often causing the money source to dry up faster. Alternately, welfare-dependent women receive government subsidy for their expenses. While not all of their expenses are covered, making up for fewer expenses is much less stressful. The wage-dependent women receive fewer government benefits because of their jobs. The data show that all of the nonessential and domestic espenses for both types of women are nearly the same, however the average wage-earning woman spends more than six times the amount on childcare, three times the amount on medical attention, and twice as much on transportation while receiving 9% less help from government agencies and 67% fewer food stamps (Edin and Lein tables 2, 4 and 6). Edin and Lein therefore prove their point, that while working women earn more, their expenses are far higher, and much more
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  • Fall '06
  • WILSON
  • Sociology, Edin, Nathan Mihalovich, Nathan Mihalovich Question, Daniel Laurison

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