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The New Working Poverty: Low Income Families' Survival Strategies for Managing Layoffs, Lack of Health Insurance, and Other Shocks to Economic Well-Being

Kristin Seefeldt, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

A CLOSUP Major Projects Program (FY 2007) award.

Abstract:
This project aims to understand: 1) what coping strategies families employ in a new era of economic instability and a restricted safety net; 2) how families choose among a variety of strategies - self-reliance, help from friends or family, assistance from privvate charities, receipt of government benefits, and; 3) how families deal with no or limited health insurance. The recent recession led to higher unemployment, increased layoffs, cutbacks in employer-provided health insurance and slow wage growth, but little is known about how low-income families are faring.

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