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Benefit cliffs – steep drops in means-tested benefits when income crosses a certain eligibility threshold – send the wrong message about work and likely decrease work effort.

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President Obama’s recently proposed overtime provisions are not likely to be beneficial for workers.

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Although government statistics show homelessness declining, Corinth’s new study argues we should be skeptical of the official reports and look closer at the underlying challenge.

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Evidence suggests that lifetime success may be influenced by factors beyond children’s control, such as family structure, home neighborhood, and household income. Preserving economic mobility requires policymakers to focus specifically on these issues.

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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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As the federal government searches for ways to reduce segregation, it should start by examining its own tax credit policies and considering that some federal housing policies promote economic and racial segregation.

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Leaders across the political spectrum are proposing an increase in the earned income tax credit, but before they do, they should consider the costs as well as the benefits.

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Kevin Corinth casts doubts on the reported decrease in the number of homeless people living on America’s streets, showing that most of that reported decrease can be attributed to changing counting methodologies and drastic underreporting.

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Though the reported number of homeless individuals sleeping on US streets has been declining rapidly, such counts may be inaccurately reported and do not effectively reflect how well policies are working to help people reconnect to society and achieve their full potential.

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Working on a poverty story today? Here’s the latest from AEI experts on today’s poverty stories.

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