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The Limits of Work-Based Social Support in the United States


  • Heather Boushey
  • Chris Tilly


The authors provide an excellent overview of the nation's social safety net. They find in particular that it neglects the working poor. What follows is a comprehensive look at what social programs the United States has and what it needs for a changing society as a new president takes office.

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  • Heather Boushey & Chris Tilly, 2009. "The Limits of Work-Based Social Support in the United States," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(2), pages 81-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:52:y:2009:i:2:p:81-114
    DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132520204

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    1. Massimo FLORIO, 2012. "The real roots of the great recession: unsustainable income distribution," Departmental Working Papers 2012-01, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
    2. Randy Albelda, 2011. "Time Binds: US Antipoverty Policies, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Single Mothers," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 189-214, October.

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