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Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work

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Welfare mothers are popularly viewed as passively dependent on their checks and averse to work. Reformers across the political spectrum advocate moving these women off the welfare rolls and into the labor force as the solution to their problems. Making Ends Meet offers dramatic evidence toward a different conclusion: In the present labor market, unskilled single mothers wh ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by Russell Sage Foundation (first published March 1st 1997)
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Sophia
Jul 15, 2011 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think Nickel and Dimed is great . This book is the real deal.
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011

Making Ends Meet: How single mothers survive welfare and low-wage work delivers where Nickel and Dimed couldn't. Whereas the latter is often touted as an eye-opening exposé of the conditions America's working poor endure, I found Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed self-centered and methodologically flawed. Kathryn Edin (currently at Harvard) and Laura Lein (currently a dean at the University of Michigan) actually interviewed hundreds of single mothers receiving welfare or working for low wage

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Hannah
The policy context is outdated, but the findings are still interesting and in line with more recent research: Earth to HHS, the logic of welfare-to-work is totally off and neither public assistance nor low-wage work provide enough to cover even the basic necessities for these families. Most interesting to me, though, was the method used. One of the authors had done some previous research on family budgets and concluded that accurate information just couldn't be gathered through surveys because m ...more
Desiree
Jun 20, 2011 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always find it interesting then the lives of poor people/women are written by people who have never had to struggle to pay the bills, or know what it really is like to live well below the poverty line, but still somehow manage to raise a family. With that being said, the authors of this book did a great job of repesenting the facts, with very little bias or interpretations and showed through interviews and statistics, the real face of what is looks like to struggle to raise a family alone with ...more
Stacy Hardester
Mar 10, 2014 Stacy Hardester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book about 20 years too late. However, the data is interesting and most of research still holds water today. It was an eye opener. Would love for these authors to redo after the econ crisis.
Mckinley
Welfare and low income work impact during the 1990s.
See: Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
Jerry Wall
Welfare costs and benefits and single working mothers. Data from 1992, so considerably out of date but shows clearly how difficult it is to live a decent life working little and benefitting little
Kim
Apr 28, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! Really good read.
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