Home > Events & News > Brown Bag Schedule . Archive

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Miller et al. find benefits of Medicaid for pregnant mothers in 1980s carry over two generations

Starr's findings account for some of the 19% black-white gap in federal sentencing

Frey says suburbs are aging, cities draw millennials

More News

Highlights

Bailey et al. find higher income among children whose parents had access to federal family planning programs in the 1960s and 70s

U-M's campus climate survey results discussed in CHE story

U-M honors James Jackson's groundbreaking work on how race impacts the health of black Americans

U-M is the only public and non-coastal university on Forbes' top-10 list for billionaire production

More Highlights

Next Brown Bag

Mon, Jan 22, 2018, noon: Narayan Sastry

Kristin Seefeldt

Seefeldt says that telling the poor they must get jobs does nothing to address actual job prospects

a PSC In The News reference, 2015

"When the Government Tells Poor People How to Live" - The Atlantic. 12/14/2015.

This feature looks at new requirements for residents of subsidized housing in Worcester, MA to participate in schooling or the work force. If residents do as they’re told, the rationale goes, they’ll receive intensive case management through the Better Life Program, get a job, earn some money, and move out of public housing. But if they can’t or won't work or enroll in classes, they may be evicted from public housing, often the last bulwark between the very poor and homelessness. This story questions the effectiveness and ethics of for-your-own-good government coercion. Kristin Seefeldt warns: “Saying that you must work doesn’t do anything to address any labor-market problems that a particular area might be experiencing. And it doesn’t address people’s long-term prospects for getting jobs.”

Researcher:

Kristin Seefeldt

View News Archive