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Income Support Policies for Low-Income Men and Noncustodial Fathers: Tax and Transfer Programs

  • Ronald B. Mincy, Serena Klempin, and Heather Schmidt
  • June 2010
  • DP1377-10

This article will appear in Smeeding, Timothy, Irwin Garfinkel, and Ronald Mincy, eds. “Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 635 (May 2011).

Both wages and labor force participation have been declining for young, less-educated men since the mid-1970s. The purpose of this article is to examine how key income-security policy areas-including unemployment insurance, payroll taxes and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and child support enforcement-affect these men. The article concludes with policy recommendations to improve the impact of work-based subsidies on poverty among low-income men. Subsidized jobs in transitional job programs could play a critical role in helping these men access these subsidies.


Child Support, Economic Support, Employment, Enforcement, Low-Wage Work, Means-Tested Programs, Social Insurance Programs, Unemployment/Nonemployment


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