The Minimum Wage & The Earned Income Tax Credit

The minimum wage was enacted during the Great Depression but remains popular to this day. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was enacted in the 1970s and enjoys bipartisan support. Though one provides a wage floor and the other needed tax credits, both programs are pillars of support for working families and individuals. This module provides information on the historical development of both policies, state and national features and functions, the importance, strengths, and limits of each policy, the intersection of each policy with the lived reality of low-income working households, and the overall impact each program has on rates of poverty. 

At the conclusion of this video series, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand minimum wage rates and the ways in which the minimum wage and the EITC function at the state and national levels.

  2. Compare and contrast the strengths and limits of each policy and the impact of each on low-income workers.

  3. Apply a critical lens to how each policy: interacts with wage stagnation in the private market (structural barriers); functions as a critical part of the social welfare toolkit; helps promote economic justice.

Components of the video series:*

  • Frances Perkins: Unsung Heroine of the Minimum Wage

  • Minimum Wage Timeline

  • Putting the Minimum in Wages - Rates Across the Nation

  • The Best of Times: The Minimum Wage in the 60s

  • You Be the Judge: A Basic Budget Exercise

  • The EITC: Anti-Poverty Rockstar

  • How the EITC Works

  • A Tale of Two Popular Programs

* An extensive reference section is also available for download

Estimated Time to Complete video series: 1.5 hours (1.5 CE credits)

Note: All course content must be viewed and an evaluation completed before the CE certificate can be issued.

Price: $15

Course Curriculum

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    The Minimum Wage & The Earned Income Tax Credit

    • Frances Perkins: Unsung Heroine of the Minimum Wage

    • Minimum Wage Timeline

    • Rates Across the Nation: 2021

    • The Best of Times: The Minimum Wage in the 60s

    • The EITC: Anti-Poverty Rockstar

    • How the EITC Works

    • A Tale of Two Popular Programs

    • References

    • Evaluation

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About the instructor

Founder, OfCourse!

Miguel Ferguson

Hello, my name is Miguel Ferguson. For about 20 years I taught courses in Social Welfare Policy, Poverty, and Social Justice in leading schools of social work around the country. I founded OfCourse! to make dynamic information on these topics accessible to social work students and faculty. OfCourse! Content is engaging and up to date, and can be used to enhance instruction across the social work curriculum: In the classroom, as a virtual textbook, online, or as part of a distance learning program. Now, more than ever, it's important that Social Work Students are competent policy practitioners with both the knowledge of current policies and programs and the skills to engage in policy change. OfCourse! materials are designed to make that happen, and are a great aid to busy faculty who want to provide top-notch content. With OfCourse! the only limit is your imagination!