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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it$
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Frank Stricker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882290_stricker

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Staying Poor in the Clinton Boom

Staying Poor in the Clinton Boom

Welfare Reform, the Nearby Labor Force, and the Limits of the Work Ethic

(p.209) Chapter Ten Staying Poor in the Clinton Boom
Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it

Frank Stricker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines welfare reform, labor force, and work ethic during the administration of Bill Clinton. It looks at the reasons for the persistence of poverty in the United States 40 years after the War on Poverty. More specifically, the chapter analyzes why welfare reform has been a failure and why economic growth will not reduce even job-related poverty. It considers what happened to people who left welfare and why economic growth failed to alleviate poverty as fast as it had in the 1950s and 1960s. The chapter discusses Clinton's policies aimed at assisting the poor before concluding with an assessment of welfare reform and the labor market under his administration.

Keywords:   welfare reform, labor force, work ethic, Bill Clinton, poverty, economic growth, labor market

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