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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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We may not know what caused the American dream’s malaise. We may disagree as to the proper cure. But we can agree that an alive-and-well American dream guarantees our kids an equal chance at success.

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Some people do not want government assistance even when eligible. The desire to be independent from government assistance is respectable and policy makers should not try to change that.

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A recent report nicely sums up the uphill battle facing policymakers trying to address poverty and low income in large metropolitan centers.

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In understanding the confusing contours of political and family geography, it looks like both education and ideology matter.

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Emergency food aid provided by the US government to many of the poorest people in the world saves millions of lives every year. It could save millions more if it were run efficiently.

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A bipartisan group in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is seeking to ensure that Food for Peace Program funds are used in the most efficient way to help millions of people whose lives have been devastated by natural and man-made disasters.

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When thinking about the proper amount and reach of a childless worker earned income tax credit program, the trade-offs between reach and costs must be balanced.

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It is well-documented that the diets of the poor are not as healthful  as those of higher-income Americans. There is debate over why this gap exists, but a new NBER paper suggests that lack of access to nutritional food, a common explanation for the divide, may not be its key driver.

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When Harvard social scientist and celebrated author Robert Putnam lists the challenges facing poor Americans, family structure is always at the top.

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The extent to which we can limit the burden on staff and on families by better consolidating and coordinating food assistance programs, the better these families will be served and the better the government’s money will be spent.

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