Nickel and Dimed (Websites)

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich's book touches on many interesting issues relating to social justice, the minimum wage, welfare reform, gender, class, and income levels in the United States. You may want to read more about these topics! In fact, these issues would be excellent starter ideas for research projects.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Web Resources

Employment Policies Institute
Studies and press releases on minimum wage, living wage, and other labor issues. The Employment Policies Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding employment growth. In particular, EPI focuses on issues that affect entry-level employment.
U.S. population issues, trends, and statistics are presented in an easy-to-use format. Selected topics include Population Estimates and Projections, Education, Race and Ethnicity, Income and Poverty, and Mortality. Produced by the Population Reference Bureau in collaboration with demographer William Frey and his colleagues at the University of Michigan.
Public Agenda Online
This site addresses controversial issues including crime, the economy, education, the family, health care, race, social security, and welfare.
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
Founded to do "research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States," this institute's site consists of organizational information, including current research, and publications. Subjects range from activism to welfare reform. Based at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
FedStats: The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies
Find statistics published by all the agencies of the Federal government. We recommend using the "Search across agency websites" link.

The Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Research Guide is maintained by Mary Chesnut. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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