Working More to Earn Less | Why the Poor Stay Poor

You may have heard the term “poverty trap” – the notion that the poor are stuck at the bottom. What if someone told you that our welfare system exacerbates this cycle by punishing the poor for working more? Prof. Sean Mulholland argues that this is happening every day. Well-intentioned welfare programs drastically decrease benefits at certain income thresholds—which in effect can make a breadwinner and his/her family worse off when they start earning more. Sound absurd? That’s because it is.

Jan Kast More than 1 year ago
I did not know about the sudden decrease in Government aide as wages increase. Good information
GeF More than 1 year ago
System obsolete , changes needed
Trent Goldsmith More than 1 year ago
Disincentives.  I have a friend that won't take a job because they would lose some benefits given already.  How can anyone possibly get out of poverty with such a crazy policy?
西民 刘 More than 1 year ago
So sad thing
Rehab Shaban More than 1 year ago
Very interesting course, will definitely check it out. :)
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