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The contributors to this book provide a provocative assessment of the effectiveness of various policies and practices designed to help disadvantaged segments of our population overcome the obstacles in their path to upward economic mobility.


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Download 1. Introduction / Maude Toussaint-Comeau and Bruce Meyer (266 KB)

Download 2. Bringing Together Policymakers, Researchers, and Practitioners to Discuss Strategies for Improving Economic Mobility / Maude Toussaint-Comeau (338 KB)

Download 3. Past Trends and Projections in Wages, Work, and Occupations in the United States / David Autor (286 KB)

Download 4. The Earned Income Tax Credit, Welfare Reform, and the Employment of Low-Skilled Single Mothers / Hilary Hoynes (314 KB)

Download 5. Reflections on Economic Mobility and Policy / Bruce D. Meyer (279 KB)

Download 6. Helping Low-Wage Workers Persist in Education Programs: Lessons from Research on Welfare Training Programs and Two Promising Community College Strategies / Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (299 KB)

Download 7. Financial Aid and Older Workers: Supporting the Nontraditional Student / Bridget Terry Long (291 KB)

Download 8. Can Residential Mobility Programs Improve Human Capital? Comparing Social Mechanisms in Two Different Programs / James Rosenbaum (309 KB)

Download 9. What Might Improve the Employment and Advancement Prospects of thePoor? / Harry J. Holzer (277 KB)

Download 10. What We Know about the Impacts of Workforce Investment Programs / Burt S. Barnow and Jeffrey A. Smith (284 KB)

Download 11. Correctional Programs in the Age of Mass Incarceration: What Do We Know about "What Works" / John H. Tyler and Jillian Berk (296 KB)

Download 12. Comparing Apples to Oranges When Evaluating Community-Based Programs and Services / Robert LaLonde (273 KB)


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LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Wages, health insurance and other benefits; Inequality; UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Poverty and income support; Low wage labor markets

Strategies for Improving Economic Mobility of Workers: Bridging Research and Practice




Toussaint-Comeau, Maude, and Bruce D. Meyer, eds. 2009. Strategies for Improving Economic Mobility of Workers: Bridging Research and Practice. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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