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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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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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In our approach to homelessness, let’s choose compassion over cleanliness. After all, a society is not measured by how many vulnerable people can be seen — it is measured by how it treats the vulnerable wherever they are.

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Less decent-paying work for less-educated men, cultural shifts away from marriage-centered familism, and the erosion of masculinity have drastically reduced marriage rates and eroded American society.

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The existing higher education system is not narrowing gaps between high- and low-income families; rather, it is widening them.

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What happens to people who win the lottery? And what should they (and the rest of us) know about money?

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The number of married parents in the United States decreased from 78% in 1980 to 66% in 2012. Series of studies showed that the rise of single-parent households isn’t just a social and cultural phenomena—it has important economic implications.

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The number of families with children headed up by married couples has fallen markedly over the past 30 years. This trend is worrisome because family structure is highly correlated with many measures of economic mobility.

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