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Lecture 15 Mar 8

Lecture 15 Mar 8 - i Income from low-wage employment not...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 15 March 8, 2007 The Working Poor 1) The Aftermath of Welfare Reform a) Massive drop in welfare rolls i) 5 year lifetime caps ii) 2 year consecutive cap b) Poverty did not immediately rise, though it is up amid the recent recession c) Marked rise in employment among former or potential welfare recipients d) However, most of these families are struggling, especially those without employment
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Unformatted text preview: i) Income from low-wage employment not sufficient to lift families out of poverty, especially given that wage employment cuts into informal work ii) Loss of benefits such as health insurance iii) Informal sources of aid, such as families and charities, stretched thin...
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