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When Work Doesn't Pay: What Every Policymaker Should Know

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Publication Date: June 2006

Publisher(s): Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty

Author(s): Nancy K. Cauthen

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: low-wage work; work supports; welfare

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This brief informs policymakers and others about the difficulties faced by low-income working parents as they strive to make progress in the workforce. Based on results from NCCP's Family Resource Simulator, When Work Doesn't Pay highlights ways in which the current structure of work support policies often leads to unintended consequences.