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Incentives in "Million Dollar Baby"
by Dirk Mateer `

One of the most powerful scenes in the movie is when Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) buys a small house for her mother and family. She meets surprising resistance. Her mother turns down her offer in order to maintain her eligibility for welfare. This is a powerful way of motivating a discussion of perverse incentives created by public assistance programs.

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"Million Dollar Baby" by Director: Clint Eastwood, Producers: Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi (2004) Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) buys a small house for her mother and family, and is met with resistance.