The Challenge of Measuring "Working Poverty" in America
inequality, labor, poverty, welfare
Poverty is commonly explained as a matter of joblessness, while work for wages is viewed as a pathway out of poverty and toward upward mobility. Indeed, since the end of open-ended welfare benefits in 1996, U.S. public assistance presumes that creating incentives for poor adults, including mothers, to enter the paid labor force is the best way to reduce poverty and dependence on government. Yet many citizens do not understand that most poor adults already work. In fact, by some accounts the so-called working poor outnumber the non-working poor in the U.S. Effectively reducing poverty therefore requires addressing the problems of those who work yet remain poor.
Original Publication Citation
Theide, Brian C., Daniel T. Lichter, Scott R. Sanders, “The Challenge of Measuring ‘Working Poverty’ in America.” A report for the Scholars Strategic Network. 2015.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Thiede, Brian C.; Lichter, Daniel T.; and Sanders, Scott R., "The Challenge of Measuring "Working Poverty" in America" (2015). Faculty Publications. 4812.
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