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Working Families and Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports


  • Shawn Fremstad
  • Rebecca Ray
  • Hye Jin Rho


Synthesizing previous CEPR research, this report uses a new methodology to better assess the economic security of working families. Rather than using the federal poverty line as a metric for a family's economic hardship, the authors of this report use basic family budgets and consider the role of public works supports to present a more accurate picture of a working family's economic needs for attaining a basic standard of living in their communities. The study includes results for 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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  • Shawn Fremstad & Rebecca Ray & Hye Jin Rho, 2008. "Working Families and Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2008-15, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2008-15

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    economic security; working families; standard of living; work supports;

    JEL classification:

    • I - Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • J88 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Public Policy
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada

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