This is a very interesting article and I have no doubt that the results of the study will be found useful in some context eventually. However, within the US culture, many of those “living in poverty” are receiving as much as $60,000 per year in a variety of benefits and services that range from food support to free housing, to free lunch programs, and dozens if not hundreds of other diverse programs. Are these programs not analogous to the $5,000 cash stipend paid to poverty-stricken Cherokee from the earnings of the Casino?
I agree that people living in poverty often need assistance. However that assistance must be provided in ways and by means that do not reward poor behavior and bad choices. The vast majority of persons living in poverty are physically and mentally capable of performing useful work but choose not to do so for a wide variety of reasons, some valid, others not.
Our Government must find ways to determine the difference between those who can work and those who, for valid reasons cannot. We must support those who are incapable of supporting themselves; however, those who should be capable of doing so must be treated differently, in such a way as to instill the work ethic and responsible behavior, perhaps with some counseling, education, training, and oversight.