poverty trap

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poverty trap

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(Sociology) the situation of being unable to escape poverty because of being dependent on state benefits, which are reduced by the same amount as any extra income gained
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Noun1.poverty trap - a situation in which an increase in income results in a loss of benefits so that you are no better off
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
situation, position - a condition or position in which you find yourself; "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils"; "found herself in a very fortunate situation"
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Mr Smith said: "We have to smash the Tory welfare trap with the clarity of our arguments and the strength of our values.
But A4e's track record in getting people out of the welfare trap and into paid work has been described as "abysmal".
It's also really important to free families previously caught in the welfare trap.
It should be noted that a declining hazard rate, even with unobserved heterogeneity controlled, does not conclusively prove the existence of a welfare trap.