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Can Healthcare Workers’ Family Incomes Support Their Families?

Engel, Rafael and Wexler, Sandra and Kim, Soobin and Tabachnick, Mariel and Ballentine, Kess and Woo, Jihee and Goodkind, Sara and Petracchi, Helen and Shook, Jeffrey (2020) Can Healthcare Workers’ Family Incomes Support Their Families? Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

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Despite living in a country with great wealth, the economy does not work for millions of American workers, leading many to focus on raising the minimum wage. An alternative is offering a living wage, or a wage sufficient to meet basic needs without relying on public benefits. One method to determine such a wage is to use basic needs budgeting to estimate costs for households of different compositions, residing in different geographic areas. This study examines whether a living wage is sufficient to eliminate hardships experienced by lower-wage healthcare workers. We describe the hardships
healthcare workers’ households experience and hypothesize that households with incomes at/above the threshold for meeting basic needs, compared to those below it, report fewer hardships.


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Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Engel, Rafaelrengel@pitt.edurengel0000-0002-6309-3334
Wexler, Sandra
Tabachnick, Mariel
Ballentine, Kessklb199@pitt.eduklb1990000-0003-1456-7174
Woo, Jiheejiw93@pitt.edujiw93
Goodkind, Sarasara.goodkind@pitt.edusag510000-0003-2936-0686
Petracchi, Helenhpssw@pitt.eduhpssw
Shook, Jeffreyjes98@pitt.edujes98
Monograph Type: Project Report
Date: March 2020
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Social Work > Social Work
Refereed: No
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Funders: Heinz Endowments
Projects: Pittsburgh Wage Study
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 20:11
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 20:11


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