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Low-income Americans are struggling. Poverty has risen, the work participation rate is at its lowest point since the 1970s, and median incomes have stagnated. AEI’s work on poverty seeks to reverse that trend by enhancing opportunity for low-income Americans. From safety net policy to education and family policy, AEI aims to provide pathbreaking work on the root causes of poverty, and the policy changes that most effectively address them. This page contains an up-to-date selection of content from AEI’s scholarly community.

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The Housing First philosophy threatens to distract us from the solutions that would most effectively address other important needs.

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One major challenge facing lower-income men, women, and their children is that they are less likely to benefit from the social and economic advantages associated with growing up within or being a member of a stable, married family

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With the latest edition of the National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI) showing that bad practices are coming back, the Wealth Building Home Loan is a safer alternative to the traditional 30-year mortgage.

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What was it about Christmas that brought temporary relief to the city’s overstretched, billion-dollar shelter system? Family.

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The present state of our unions is opening up an unacceptable social and economic divide between the college educated and the less-educated that is unacceptable to all of us who believe that the American Dream should be accessible to all.

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Four AEI videos from prominent scholars and practitioners tackle the tough question of how we can improve education.

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Improving education isn’t simple. But four new talks from leading educational leaders and public intellectuals shed light on why it is vital to rethink how we do education reform and why we do it.

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President Obama’s middle-class tax plan targeted dual-earner couples, offering nothing to middle-class families with a stay-at-home parent. How many families are we talking about?

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Guess which kind of family was left out in the cold by President Obama as he unveiled his plan to help middle-class families in his State of the Union address? The traditional two-parent family with a single breadwinner.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the 2015 city budget at City Hall in New York, May 8, 2014.  Reuters

Mayor de Blasio’s plan to shift low-skill workers into higher paying jobs sounds perfectly reasonable — if it wasn’t so wrong.

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