Poverty in America—and What to Do About It

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Fifty years after the War on Poverty began, nearly 50 million Americans are still living in poverty. Low-income Americans increasingly confront the compounding challenges of material deprivation, low levels of upward mobility, and social isolation. It is critical to have an approach that acknowledges the complex reality of those in poverty and offers solutions that help vulnerable Americans flourish. 

"Poverty in America" is a compilation of AEI scholars’ thinking on why fighting for the poor is a moral imperative; what demands special attention in the debate; and which policy proposals could enable the labor market, social safety net, and broader society to provide low-income Americans a better shot at success.

Contents

I. THE BIG PICTURE: A CONSERVATIVE SOCIAL JUSTICE
AGENDA
   
 

► "BE OPEN-HANDED TOWARD YOUR BROTHERS"     
Arthur C. Brooks

II. THE FOCUS: POVERTY, NOT INEQUALITY     

► POVERTY, NOT INCOME INEQUALITY, IS THE CHALLENGE
WE MUST ADDRESS
     
Aparna Mathur

III. ANTIPOVERTY POLICY: HAND-UP SOLUTIONS FOR
POOR AMERICANS
 
   

► EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT DOES A BETTER JOB OF LIFTING WORKERS FROM POVERTY     
Michael R. Strain

► HERE'S WHY CONSERVATIVES SHOULD WORRY MORE ABOUT LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT     
Michael R. Strain

► THE PATH TO RESPONSIBILITY CAN START WITH A BROOM AND A PAYCHECK     
Robert Doar

► 10 WELFARE-REFORM LESSONS     
Robert Doar

IV. FAMILY AND POVERTY: WHAT'S HAPPENING AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT     

► FAMILY MATTERS: WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR BLOCK SOCIAL MOBILITY? SINGLE PARENTS, SUGGESTS A NEW STUDY     
W. Bradford Wilcox

► CAN ANYTHING REALLY BE DONE ABOUT FAMILY BREAKDOWN AND AMERICAN POVERTY? A Q&A WITH BRAD WILCOX     
W. Bradford Wilcox and James Pethokoukis

V. OPINION AND ACTION: WHAT AMERICANS ARE SAYING AND POLITICIANS ARE DOING     

► ECONOMIC INSECURITY IN THE UNITED STATES     
Karlyn Bowman, Andrew Rugg, and Jennifer K. Marsico

► FIGHT POVERTY THE CONSERVATIVE WAY     
Ramesh Ponnuru                                                               

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About the Author

 

Karlyn
Bowman

 

Aparna
Mathur

 

Arthur C.
Brooks

 

Michael R.
Strain

 

Ramesh
Ponnuru

 

James
Pethokoukis

 

W. Bradford
Wilcox

 

Robert
Doar

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