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Barbara Kiviat

The “success” of workfare when jobs are scarce

Sep 29 2011

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), the Bill-Clinton- and Newt-Gingrich-led overhaul of cash assistance to poor families with children.*

Cracking down on job-candidate credit checks

Sep 26 2011

Last week, the California legislature sent the governor a bill that would ban most employers from running credit checks on job applicants.

More lessons from paying people to be less poor

Sep 22 2011

Back in 2007, New York City began paying members of some 2,400 poor families to do things like get dental check-ups, open savings accounts, hold down jobs, show up for school, and carry health insurance.

Everyone into the next shadow banking system

Sep 19 2011

Consumer advocates have been worrying for a while now that the rapid rise of reloadable prepaid cards will lead to a two-tier financial system.

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