Handbook on In-Work Poverty
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Handbook on In-Work Poverty

Edited by Henning Lohmann and Ive Marx

There has been a rapid global expansion of academic and policy attention focusing on in-work poverty, acknowledging that across the world a large number of the poor are ‘working poor’. Taking a global and multi-disciplinary perspective, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of current research at the intersection between work and poverty.
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Chapter 19: In-work poverty in the United States

Lane Kenworthy and Ive Marx


In-work poverty became a prominent policy issue in the United States (US) long before the term itself acquired any meaning and relevance in other industrialized countries. With the US’s embrace of an employment-centered anti-poverty strategy, in-work poverty has become even more of an issue. This chapter reviews some key trends, drivers and policy issues. How much in-work poverty is there in the US? How does the US compare to other rich democracies? Has the US’s in-work poverty rate changed over time? Who are the in-work poor? What are the main drivers of levels and changes in in-work poverty? Finally, what are the prospects for the US’s working poor going forward?

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