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Engendered Economics: Incorporating Diversity into Political Economy by William Fraher, Heather Boushey, Ellen Mutari

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Embracing Discrimination?

 

The Interaction Between Low-Wage Labor Markets and Policies in Aid of the Poor

 

Heather Boushey

 

 

Poverty has been an enduring feature of the economic landscape in the United States. Welfare reform advocates and policymakers have continually debated the most effective and efficient way to eradicate, or at least ameliorate, American poverty. The current reform argument is that welfare policies have fostered dependence on the state, led to burgeoning out-of-wedlock births, and destroyed the sanctity of the two-parent family by supporting only single mothers. Critics of the welfare state see this as a drain on the nation’s resources. Furthermore, the allocation of increasing amounts of taxpayers’ money to welfare ...

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