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On the fringe: rethinking the link between wages and benefits

Mary O'Connell, Northeastern University School of Law

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Originally published in 67 TUL. L. REV. 1421 (1993). Reprinted with permission of the Tulane Law Review Association, which holds the copyright.


This is an Article about economic security and the curious, and often perverse, mechanisms through which it is distributed in contemporary American society. It is about the long-standing tension between the desire to protect the needy and the need to reward the productive. And it is about the way in which systems presently in effect fail on both scores.

The Article examines a variety of devices designed to enhance economic security. These include income for the disabled, funds to defray the costs of medical care, an dincome for those who have no employment due to age (whether young or old) or inability to find work. Although these devices provide access to money or services, they are intended not to augment wealth, but to insulate the recipient from economic calamity.

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Mary E. O'Connell, On the Fringe: Rethinking the Link Between Wages and Benefits, originally published in 67 TUL. L. REV. 1421 (1993).