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Handbook on In-Work Poverty

Edited by Henning Lohmann, University of Hamburg, Germany and Ive Marx, University of Antwerp, Belgium
There has been a rapid global expansion of academic and policy attention focusing on in-work poverty, illustrating that across the world there are increasing numbers of people who could be described as the ‘working poor’. Taking a global and multi-disciplinary perspective, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of current research at the intersection between work and poverty.
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Publication Date: January 2018
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There has been a rapid global expansion of academic and policy attention focusing on in-work poverty, illustrating that across the world there are increasing numbers of people who could be described as the ‘working poor’. Taking a global and multi-disciplinary perspective, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of current research at the intersection between work and poverty.

Authoritative contributions from leading researchers in the field provide comprehensive coverage of conceptual and measurement issues, causal drivers and mechanisms, key empirical findings, policy issues and debates. The Handbook is unique in offering perspectives from a wide range of regions and countries, stretching beyond developed countries. It also does justice to the paradigmatic diversity in approaches to in-work poverty, offering a wealth of variety in disciplinary approaches.

Academically rigorous, yet clear and concise, this Handbook will benefit students and scholars of public policy, politics, social policy and development studies. It will also prove accessible for policy analysts and journalists looking to explore the issue from new angles.
‘A handbook on “in-work poverty” research is long overdue. Here we have a very complete and compelling review of the policy connections between work and low-income status from a world-class set of contributors. The volume manages to touch on almost all of the key issues related to the world-wide adoption of in-work anti-poverty policies and how they interact with institution, families and society. Bravo!’
– Timothy M. Smeeding, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US

Contributors include: P. Barbieri, A. Barrientos, K.M. Blankenship, D. Brady, E. Crettaz, G. Cutuli, J.C. Feres, N.-S. Fritsch, M. Giesselmann, J. Horemans, A. Horton, L. Kenworthy, M. Leibbrandt, A. Levanon, D.T. Lichter, K. Lilenstein, H. Lohmann, J.-d. Lue, B. Maître, L. Maldonado, L.C. Maldonado, S. Marchal, I. Marx, R. Maurizio, R. Nieuwenhuis, B. Nolan, S. Oselin, S. Ponthieux, L. Pradella, J. Prieto, E. Saburov, W. Salverda, S.R. Sanders, S. Scherer, D. Seikel, D. Spannagel, B.C. Thiede, V. Unnikrishnan, W. Van Lancker, L. Vandecasteele, G. Verbist, R. Verwiebe, C.T. Whelan, J. Wills, I. Woolard, C.-Y. Yeh
Contents:

1. Introduction
Ive Marx and Henning Lohmann

PART I GENERAL PERSPECTIVES
2. The concept and measurement of in-work poverty
Henning Lohmann

3. Low earnings and their drivers in relation to in-work poverty
Wiemer Salverda

4. Explaining cross-country differences in in-work poverty
Henning Lohmann and Eric Crettaz

5. Gender and in-work poverty
Sophie Ponthieux

6. In-work poverty among migrants
Eric Crettaz

PART II INDIVIDUAL AND HOUSEHOLD PERSPECTIVES ON IN-WORK POVERTY
7. Demographic drivers of in-work poverty
Brian C. Thiede, Dan T. Lichter and Scott R. Sanders

8. Low pay, in-work poverty and economic vulnerability
Bertrand Maître, Brian Nolan and Christopher T. Whelan

9. Atypical employment and in-work poverty
Jeroen Horemans

10. Single parent families and in-work poverty
Rense Nieuwenhuis and Laurie C. Maldonado

11. The dynamics of in-work poverty
Leen Vandecasteele and Marco Giesselmann

PART III POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
12. Income support for the working poor
Sarah Marchal, Ive Marx and Gerlinde Verbist

13. Impacts of the living wage on in-work poverty
Amy Horton and Jane Wills

14. Activation and in-work poverty
Daniel Seikel and Dorothee Spannagel

15. Childcare policies and in-work poverty
Wim van Lancker and Jeroen Horeman

16. The international political economy of the working poor
Lucia Pradella

PART IV EUROPE AND THE US
17. Labor market flexibilization, welfare states and labor market institutions: A comparative analysis of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Nina-Sophie Fritsch and Roland Verwiebe

18. In-work poverty trends in Southern Europe: The case of Italy
Paolo Barbieri, Giorgio Cutuli and Stefani Scherer

19. Working poor in the United States
Lane Kenworthy and Ive Marx

PART V LATIN AMERICA, SOUTH AFRICA AND ASIA
20. In-work poverty and social assistance in developing countries
Armando Barientos and Vidhya Unnikrishnan

21. In-work poverty in Latin America: Prevalence, driving forces and trends
Roxana Maurizio

22. The working poor in Chile during the period 1990-2013
Luis Maldonado, Joaquin Prieto and Juan Carlos Feres

23. In-work poverty in South Africa: The impact of income sharing in the presence of high unemployment
Kezia Lilenstein, Ingrid Woolard and Murray Leibbrandt

24. Changes in the demographic antecedents of poverty among workers in Israel, 1991-2011
Asaf Levanon and Evgeny Saburov

25. In-work poverty in three East Asian welfare states
Chung-Yang Yeh and Jen-der Lue

26. Working poor in the informal economy: Material deprivation among female sex workers in India
David Brady, Sharon Oselin and Kim M. Blankenship

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