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Better Jobs for Poor Workers

Linking Economic and Workforce Development to Fight Poverty

By Harry J. Holzer

Raising the earning potential of low-income workers is critical in the war against poverty. One way to ensure that low-income people earn more, and thus lift themselves out of poverty, is to improve their skills through education and training. Integrating economic and workforce development, rather than using welfare and tax incentives to induce low-income people to work more, warrants increased funding and the attention of anti-poverty advocates.

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