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The Working Poor: Lousy Jobs or Lazy Workers?

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  • Marlene Kim

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)

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    This paper investigates the argument that the working poor are poor because they work too few hours. I find that although working additional hours reduces the chance of poverty, most of full-time and year-round, due to the low wages they receive. In addition, of those who could climb out of poverty by working year-round, many are unable to do so, due to disability, age, or poor who could potentially escape poverty by working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Macroeconomics with number 9712002.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: 09 Dec 1997
    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:9712002
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