Poverty Studies

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Wealthy kids enjoy the many benefits of stable families who invest in their development, whereas poor and working-class kids increasingly navigate broken families, the absence of adult role models, and fewer opportunities for well-paying jobs. During this event, panelists discuss whether this snapshot is correct and what to do about it.

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Join five contributors to “The State of the American Mind” (Templeton Press, June 2015) for a panel discussion on life in America, how our collective mind is faring, and what is yet to come.

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Jack P. Shonkoff, director of the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University, and AEI’s Robert Doar and Katharine Stevens discuss the science of early learning and how it can be harnessed to improve opportunity for disadvantaged children.

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In the past, the UK has met with mild success after borrowing ideas from US initiatives to reduce childhood poverty. This time, the US should follow the UK’s lead, and instead of establishing a new working group to reduce child poverty, fund already-successful programs.

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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A look beneath the surface of NAEP’s 2014 social science test results reveals that, within racial and socioeconomic subgroups, students’ scores are improving. Overall growth appears stagnant simply because of changes in student poverty and race ratios.

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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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Judging by the views expressed by some of the nation’s leading family scholars, marriage’s days in America are numbered. Recent data may suggest otherwise.

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Federal Spending on Means-Tested Programs

Spending on poor families has increased dramatically over the past few decades.

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Increasing work and work supports and improving high-school graduation rates are better alternatives to Mayor  de Blasio’s antipoverty plan.

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Our nation’s food assistance programs are largely adequate to address very low food security and do so for the vast majority of households. However, fluctuations in income that result from work disruptions or other causes increase the likelihood of very low food security.

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AEI President Arthur Brooks will participate in a discussion with President Barack Obama and Robert Putnam at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University.

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