Poverty Studies

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Join AEI for a discussion of a new report by W. Bradford Wilcox and Wendy Wang showing how millennials who follow the “success sequence” — completing high school, getting a job, and marrying before having a child — are more likely to steer clear of poverty and into the middle class.

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Robert Doar reports to the Virginia General Assembly’s Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities on three keys to reducing poverty and expanding opportunity.

 

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The soon-to-be-released 2018 White House budget includes more than $1 trillion in cuts to major social and entitlement programs including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), agriculture subsidies, and federal student aid while calling for spending increases in infrastructure, defense, and a new paid parental leave program. AEI scholars are available to comment on the various aspects of the budget.

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Carla Javits, the president and CEO of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), joined the show to discuss her work supporting social enterprises.

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Our policies should recognize that poor Americans have lives that are complex and interrelated, just like everyone else. A housing safety net that protects people in times of crises is a better way to deal with the loss of housing than offering permanent housing assistance to people who don’t need it. Converting freed up funds into cash assistance would enable people to use their family and social networks as support in their efforts to flourish in society.

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Join AEI for a conversation with one of the pioneers of the social enterprise movement about her experiences fighting poverty on the frontlines.

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Although the social safety net in the US is often viewed as inadequate, it covers the vast majority of poor children in this country and as shown above, substantially reduces child poverty. Of course more could be done, but work and work supports are the answer, not a basic child allowance.

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Big and bold proposals are great, but they often don’t happen—especially when only one sides likes them.

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Work activity among prime-age men in America has declined precipitously since 1967. Robert Doar outlines solutions to this problem.

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Peter Cove, the founder of America Works, joined the show to discuss his new book “Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and the War on Poverty.”

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WIC’s rigid spending rules effectively prevent local programs from spending more than about 30 minutes with clients for nutrition education every six months and preclude enriching food packages with such items as iron supplements.

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While these proposals would offer relief to low-income families and individuals, they potentially miss an opportunity to effectively use the tax system to support employment among those most likely to respond to tax incentives: low-education mothers of young children.

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