Year 9, Book 79

79. It’s Not Like I’m Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World by Sarah Halpern-Meekin

The authors interviewed 115 low-income families to find out about their experiences with the Earned Income Tax Credit. They compare the EITC to traditional welfare asserting that the EITC is a more effective program especially in light of restrictions placed on welfare. They share the stories of the families that receive EITC and look at how they spend the money they receive.

This book seemed like something that would be right up my alley, and while in general the topic was I found the book itself to be very repetitive. I’m pretty sure the same information could have been conveyed much better in a 20 page journal article instead of being dragged out into a 300 page book. I just felt like the authors were saying the same thing over and over again. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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