This paper explores the added costs of being low income that derive from people's employment in the low-wage labor market. While prior research on poverty measurement identifies "work-related expenses" as being important to discount in assessing economic well-being, we propose defining these expenses as including not only the common items of transportation and child care, but also training, education opportunities and job characteristics that are differentially expensive for low-income people. The research analyzes qualitative data from a sample of welfare- and wage-reliant individuals and families and proposes a reconceptualization of poverty measurement and policy implications.
- Latent and sequential costs of poverty
- Poverty measurement
- Social policy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration