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The squeezed middleThe pressure on ordinary workers in America and Britain$
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Sophia Parker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308942

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308942.001.0001

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Boosting the pay packets of low-to middle-income families

Boosting the pay packets of low-to middle-income families

(p.86) (p.87) 2.4 Boosting the pay packets of low-to middle-income families
The squeezed middle

Daniel P. Gitterman

Policy Press

Although opportunities to move up the earnings ladder through work are important, mobility is limited. In this context, the redistribution of incomes between households is likely to remain important. This chapter asks what lessons can be learnt from America about the different ways in which governments use tax systems to reduce income inequality and boost the incomes of middle class households. How sustainable will such strategies be given the projected growth in low-paid jobs on both sides of the Atlantic and the ongoing impact of the recession.

Keywords:   Tax, Income, Inequality, Growth, Low pay, Jobs, Recession

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