The Safety Net Should Work for Working Age Adults


Mar. 26, 2024, 6pm to 7pm
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First Floor Auditorium


As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West presents a lecture titled "The Safety Net Should Work for Working Age Adults" by Brookings fellow in economic studies, Lauren Bauer.

This lecture will focus attention on a population that is ill-served by the safety net but rarely acknowledged: low-income, working-age adults without dependents or government-determined disabilities. In this lecture, Brookings Scholar Lauren Bauer, a former Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Education, will argue that a safety net that is inaccessible to ABAWDs (able-bodied adults without dependents) fails to recognize the precarious state of the low-wage labor market or how safety-net programs allow these workers to remain in the workforce. By modernizing the parameters of who qualifies for access to safety-net programs, assistance can be made available for low-income, working age Americans who have a vital, but often invisible role in the economy.

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This event is free and open to the public.

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Brookings Mountain West

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Brookings Mountain West