Poverty Studies

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Phillip Kerr and Malcolm Gladwell at PEN 2014 Literary Gala ©Aslan Habib Chalom/PEN American Center | Creative Commons 2.0

Gladwell’s new essay misses the importance of the two-parent family in escaping poverty.

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The SNAP program has grown too large, is not sufficiently promoting work, and is in need of reform.

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While housing authorities must be careful not to discourage tenants from earning more money, allowing high-income tenants to benefit from tax supported public housing indefinitely is not the answer.

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Rather than focusing on increasing TANF coverage, efforts to supplement low-wage work such as increasing the EITC or expanding child care assistance might be better at improving child well-being.

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An elective affinity has emerged in the American electorate: married people are more likely to identify as Republican and unmarried people are more likely to identify as Democratic.

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Kevin Corinth considers the evidence from a new study and concludes that the homeless need immediate relief as well as solutions that provide real opportunity.

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The recent Family Options Study reported the impacts of priority access to one of four interventions on homeless families. The study provides unprecedented evidence about effective solutions for homeless families, but it is being used to advocate for poor policy responses.

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President Bill Cllinton signs into law a bill reforming welfare, August 22, 1996. REUTERS/Stephen Jaffe

Congress seems poised to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program this year. TANF should maintain its current balance between work and education activities.

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People celebrate the passage of the minimum wage for fast-food workers by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board during a rally in New York July 22, 2015. Reuters

When far better alternatives such as the EITC exist, a minimum wage hike that benefits some low-wage workers at the expense of other low-wage workers is unacceptable policy.

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