It's Not Like I'm Poor

How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

Sarah Halpern-Meekin (Ph.D. '09)
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Kathryn Edin
Distinguished Bloomberg Professor, Johns Hopkins University.

Laura Tach (Ph.D. '10)
Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University.

Jennifer Sykes (Ph.D. '11)
Assistant Professor of Social Relations and Policy, James Madison College, Michigan State University.

University of California Press, 2015.
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Join three of the authors for a webinar  
Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 21, 2015.
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In this webinar, Sarah Halpern-Meekin (Ph.D. '09), Kathryn Edin, and Laura Tach (Ph.D. '10) discuss their new book, It's Not Like I'm Poor, which details how everyday Americans have gotten by since welfare reform's sweeping transformation in the 1990's.

Via the dramatic expansion of tax credits for low-income workers, the economic fortunes of one group of poor households, the working poor, have been bolstered as never before. "Hitting the lottery" at tax time doesn't erase the month-to-month challenges of making ends meet on meager wages; nonetheless, the new welfare system makes the dream of a middle-class life feel more tangible.

Pictured: Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Kathryn Edin, and Laura Tach.