poverty trap


: a situation in which a person who is poor is unable to escape from poverty
especially, chiefly British : a situation in which a poor person who gets a job will remain poor because the amount of money that person receives from the government will be reduced

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“Poverty trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poverty%20trap. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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