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Poverty Law

Resources for getting started on research related to laws and legal issues impacting the poor.

Government Site

U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for the administration of federal laws on occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, unemployment benefits, reemployment services, and economic statistics.


Welfare, the Working Poor, and Labor by Louise B. Simmons (M.E. Sharpe, 2004)

Poverty and welfare reform analysis relating to low-wage work that explains how the issues associated with welfare are intertwined with low-pay. (USC Libraries)


Tax Credits for the Working Poor: A Call for Reform by Michelle L. Drumbl (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

A review of the earned income tax credit's (EITC) effectiveness in the United States and re-imagination of the tax system to better promote social reform. (USC Libraries)


Benefits Quarterly

Quarterly journal providing the latest information on benefits and compensation. (USC Libraries).


Harvard Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program

Abundant resource on urban poverty with links to relevant books, research, and news.

Unemployment Insurance Reporter

Westlaw's comprehensive coverage of state employment laws relating to unemployment compensation such as unemployment insurance, Social Security, and disability.

Data & Statistics

U.S. Bureau of Labor Unemployment Statistics

Provides data on historical and current unemployment rates in addition to mass layoff statistics.

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