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It’s Not Like I’m Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

  • Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Kathryn Edin, and Laura Tach
  • January 21 2015
  • W13-2015

In this webinar, Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Kathryn Edin, and Laura Tach will discuss their new book, It’s Not Like I’m Poor, which details how everyday Americans have gotten by since welfare reform’s sweeping transformation in the 1990s. Via the dramatic expansion of tax credits for low-income workers, the economic fortunes of one group of poor households, the working poor, have been bolstered as never before. “Hitting the lottery” at tax time doesn’t erase the month-to-month challenges of making ends meet on meager wages; nonetheless, the new welfare system makes the dream of a middle-class life feel more tangible.


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


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