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An Assessment of the Income and Expenses of America’s Low-Income Families Using Survey Data from the National Survey of America’s Families.

October 2006

Gregory Acs, The Urban Institute, and Austin Nichols, The Urban Institute.

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The policy community is increasingly focusing attention on alleviating the strain on low-income working families, particularly those with children. Research has examined the size and characteristics of low-income working families, the amounts and sources of income available to them, and, to a lesser extent, the expenses that these families face, such as housing or medical expenses. This paper seeks to unify discussions of income and expenses, to see if low-income working families are able to meet their expenses with the limited resources at their disposal.

Employment, Unemployment, and the Labor Market, Research Methods