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The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Households to the U.S. Taxpayer

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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert Rector; Christine Kim; Shanea Watkins

Series: Special Report

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Welfare; low-skill household; fiscal burden

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Households headed by persons without a high school diploma impose a significant fiscal burden on other taxpayers: The cost of the government benefits they consume greatly exceeds the taxes they pay. Before transferring even more economic resources to these households, government should have a very clear account of the magnitude of the economic transfers that already occur.