Thursday, January 09, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


Urban Institute (UI)



Papers by Margaret Simms, Marla McDaniel, William Monson, Karina Fortuny


Low-Income Working Families Project



Education and Employment of Disconnected Low-Income Men (Research Brief)


[full-text, 6 pages]


This brief explores the education and employment outcomes of disconnected

low-income men in 2008?10. These men have lower education levels than higher-income

men. Among low-income men, Hispanics are less likely than African Americans

and whites to complete high school. Low-income men are more likely to be

unemployed and underemployed; African Americans are the most likely to be

unemployed. Education and employment rates for low-income men vary considerably

by metropolitan area.


Summary of an Urban Ethnographers' Symposium on Low-Income Men (Research Brief)


[full-text, 10 pages]


The Urban Institute, with funding from the Office of the Assistant Secretary

for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services,

convened a symposium to explore the state of knowledge on disconnected low-income

men and promising strategies for improving their well-being, focusing particularly

on men of color. The participants included ethnographers and other qualitative

researchers, social service providers, foundation program officers, and

federal government staff. The candid insights offered enriched understanding

of the complex problems faced by low-income men, the programs currently

serving their needs, and some of the issues about which more study is needed.


Imprisonment and Disenfranchisement of Disconnected Low-Income Men (Research Brief)


[full-text, 10 pages]


Incarceration rates have risen over time and vary by race and ethnicity,

reflecting changes in federal and state crime policies over the past few

decades. In 2011, African American men were six times more likely and Hispanics

nearly two and half times more likely to be imprisoned than white men. This

brief summarizes some of the disparate impacts these policies have had on

African American and Hispanic men and the consequences for their families

and communities.


Low-Income Men at the Margins: Caught at the Intersection of Race, Place and Poverty (Research Report)


[full-text, 28 pages]


A large number of US men of prime working age are neither gainfully employed

nor pursuing education or other training, suggesting a potentially significant

disconnection from mainstream economic and social life. This paper concentrates

on the experiences and challenges of men at the margins between the ages

of 18 and 44, when most American males are engaged in such activities as

working and building skills, forming and strengthening families, and linking

to social institutions. The review focuses on their experiences in five

domains: education, employment, family, criminal justice, and health, featuring

key themes from ethnographic and other qualitative research.


The Health of Disconnected Low-Income Men (Research Brief)


[full-text, 8 pages]


This brief examines the health insurance coverage and health status of disconnected

low-income men from 2008 to 2010, focusing primarily on men?s connections

to health care providers and systems. Less than half of low-income men age

18?44 in the United States have any insurance coverage; coverage rates vary

significantly by state, citizenship, ethnicity, and education. Compared

with higher-income men the same age, low-income men also have lower access

to routine health care and have worse health outcomes.


A Demographic Snapshot of Disconnected Low-Income Men (Research Brief)


[full-text, 11 pages]


This brief, one in a series on disconnected low-income men, provides a geographic and demographic snapshot of these men. Low-income men are defined as those age 18 to 44 who live in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level (FPL)1 and do not have four-year college degrees. Other briefs in the series examine low-income men’s education, employment, health, and their heightened risk of incarceration and disenfranchisement. This brief uses data from the American Community Survey (2008–10) to estimate the number of low-income men in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and includes a focus on metropolitan areas with at least 50,000 low-income men.




This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.



Stuart Basefsky                  

Director, IWS News Bureau               

Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell/ILR School                       

16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor             

New York, NY 10016                       


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