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It’s Not Your Fault: Reducing Stigma Increases Take-up of Government Programs

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    Jessica Lasky-Fink, Elizabeth Linos
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Government programs provide a critical safety net for millions of low-income Americans, but their success depends on who accesses benefits. This research examines the role of stigma, an often-cited, but understudied barrier to take-up of safety net programs.

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