Poverty Studies

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The question remains whether Democrats, when offered some of what they want, can work with Republicans to get something done for low-income Americans.

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En resumen, tenemos que saber reaccionar a Trump haciendo lo que siempre debemos: “Amar al prójimo como a nosotros mismos”.

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In 2017, seven million American men are outside of the labor force. What has caused the labor force participation rate to drop, and how can it be fixed?

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The problem with the progressive approach to poverty is that it denies the importance of culture and character to household prosperity—especially when it comes to marriage. Until the Left faces up to these hard truths, its fight to end poverty in America is unserious.

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A growing number of Americans are not working, and concern is mounting about the negative consequences for these individuals and for society more broadly. One potential solution is social enterprise, businesses that hire the hard-to-employ and offer on-the-job training to transition workers into conventional employment. Social enterprises target lower-income individuals with a barrier to work—criminal justice system involvement, severe mental illness, substance abuse problems, or homelessness—and disconnected youth who are neither enrolled in school nor working.

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Nearly seven million men are outside of America’s workforce. Social service programs that push people towards employment are often more catered towards women. In addition, many men do not have the necessary training to meet the demands of today’s labor force. A federal infrastructure program and an increase in the earned income tax credit are initiatives that can help more men get back to work. These policies in particular should contain provisions that cater to unemployed men in order to address this growing problem.

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Since taking office, President Trump has signaled a willingness to follow through on his campaign promises about family policy. At his daughter’s urging, he included paid parental leave in his budget and child care assistance in his tax plan: two domestic areas where the White House is calling for spending rather than cuts. But will other Republicans support the president?

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One of the most important policy discussions going on right now concerns how we maintain the accuracy of government reported statistics, especially those concerning the economic condition of our fellow Americans. Empirical and credible data are essential for policymakers and program administrators to measure properly program performance and to understand how these programs affect the lives of participants.

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Research suggests that child poverty would be markedly lower in the United States if more American parents were stably married.

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Child poverty-fighting efforts should be focused on two outcomes simultaneously: the prevalence of material hardship among children, and whether children are growing up in households where their parents are earning their own success through employment.

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