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 need to ensure that the actions that we take in creating job opportunities end in positive results and provide paths to consistent, long-term employment. While subsidized jobs programs may produce those results for some individuals in some job sectors, they are not the panacea for Americans seeking full time employment.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) alleviates material hardshipm, reduces poverty, helps the elderly and disabled, and provides needed food to children in low income families. Despite these positive aspects, some efforts to promote the use of SNAP in the post-recession period have reduced the work support aspect of the program.
The nation's work participation rate for cash welfare recipients is not only on the wrong track, it appears to be off the track. Or maybe it would be better to say the nation has lost the track. Any way you look at it, it is not good.
Please join us for three concise talks on why America needs a new social justice agenda, what that agenda must address, and how that agenda plays out in the most important policy debates of our time.
Is it possible for more Republican-led state governments to expand their Medicaid programs without politically endorsing the extension of ObamaCare under the Affordable Care Act? Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) says he can, but he hasn't convinced a number of conservative Republican critics.
How we, as a nation, can do a better job of helping poor Americans by applying the lessons learned from past reform efforts to the challenges we face today.