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Religions 2017, 8(4), 69; doi:10.3390/rel8040069

The Relative Effectiveness of the Minimum Wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit as Anti-Poverty Tools

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Department of Economics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3859, USA
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Center on Aging & Work, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3859, USA
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Academic Editors: Kenneth Himes and Kate Ward
Received: 13 February 2017 / Revised: 6 April 2017 / Accepted: 6 April 2017 / Published: 17 April 2017
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In the search for effective measures to combat poverty, two government policies have been given much attention. One is the establishment of a federal minimum wage to help workers secure a decent standard of living. The second measure is the Earned Income Tax Credit, which gives tax refunds to workers in households that fall below a set standard of income. Both policies have supporters and critics regarding the effectiveness of the policies. This essay provides an economic analysis of the two measures. Among the issues discussed are how the policies affect employment and poverty, and how well targeted they are at the population at risk. View Full-Text
Keywords: minimum wage; earned Income Tax Credit; employment; poverty line; cash transfers; in-kind transfers; anti-poverty measures minimum wage; earned Income Tax Credit; employment; poverty line; cash transfers; in-kind transfers; anti-poverty measures
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Quinn, J.F.; Cahill, K.E. The Relative Effectiveness of the Minimum Wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit as Anti-Poverty Tools. Religions 2017, 8, 69.

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