Working Poverty in Michigan: Scale, Determinants, and Policy Implications

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Early Career Research Award


Working poverty has become a pressing policy issue in Michigan. This study attempts to uncover the dynamics in working poverty in Michigan by examining: 1) the magnitude of working poverty in the state and its trend between 1998-1999 and 2005-2006; 2) the industries and occupations producing (or preventing) working poverty; 3) the socio-demographic groups and geographic areas (region, county, urban/rural) over-representing the working poor; 4) the role of public support programs in avoiding working poverty; and 5) the appropriate policy responses to alleviate working poverty.