Surviving Poverty in a Post-Welfare Reform America

American Bar Association Section on Taxation Tax Times Online Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 2, Feb. 2016

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-16

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 14 for 2015-2016

9 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2016 Last revised: 10 May 2016

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

This review of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer discusses their research and findings regarding the poorest of the poor in post-welfare reform America. This thoroughly researched work presents a stark picture of modern poverty - today, more than 1.5 million families, including more than 3 million children subsist on less than $2 per person per day. Their policy prescriptions would help raise many of the poorest from hopelessness inflicted by welfare reform in the 1990s. Tax reforms including incentives for job training could be a significant piece of the puzzle to lifting those living in almost unimaginable poverty to a more acceptable standard of living.

Keywords: EITC, poverty, tax credit, employment tax incentives, welfare reform

JEL Classification: A13, D13, D63, K34

Suggested Citation

Cords, Danshera, Surviving Poverty in a Post-Welfare Reform America (February 1, 2016). American Bar Association Section on Taxation Tax Times Online Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 2, Feb. 2016, U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-16, Albany Law School Research Paper No. 14 for 2015-2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2768135

Danshera Cords (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

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