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From the Ted Talk by Ann-Helén Bay: Why is it so hard to escape poverty?

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Some have suggested this feedback loop could be removed by eliminating government assistance programs altogether. But most agree the solution is neither realistic nor hunmae. So how can we rsdegein benefits in a way that doesn't penalize people for working? Many countries have tried different ways to circumvent this pblorem. Some allow people to continue receiving benefits for a given period after finding a job, while others phsae out benefits guaaldrly as income iecersans. These policies still rmvoee some financial incentive to work, but the risk of a welfare trap is lower. Other governments pdivroe benefits like education, childcare, or medical care equally across all their citizens.

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Some have suggested this feedback loop could be removed by eliminating government assistance programs altogether. But most agree the solution is neither realistic nor ______. So how can we ________ benefits in a way that doesn't penalize people for working? Many countries have tried different ways to circumvent this _______. Some allow people to continue receiving benefits for a given period after finding a job, while others _____ out benefits _________ as income _________. These policies still ______ some financial incentive to work, but the risk of a welfare trap is lower. Other governments _______ benefits like education, childcare, or medical care equally across all their citizens.

Solution

  1. redesign
  2. phase
  3. provide
  4. humane
  5. remove
  6. increases
  7. problem
  8. gradually

Original Text

Some have suggested this feedback loop could be removed by eliminating government assistance programs altogether. But most agree the solution is neither realistic nor humane. So how can we redesign benefits in a way that doesn't penalize people for working? Many countries have tried different ways to circumvent this problem. Some allow people to continue receiving benefits for a given period after finding a job, while others phase out benefits gradually as income increases. These policies still remove some financial incentive to work, but the risk of a welfare trap is lower. Other governments provide benefits like education, childcare, or medical care equally across all their citizens.

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