Topic Poverty

Family income for those at the bottom of the U.S. economic distribution have barely budged over the past several decades, while those at the top have skyrocketed. Twelve percent of Americans live in poverty today, including nearly 10 million children. Equitable Growth is growing the evidence base for how rising inequality affects the economic wellbeing of those at the bottom of the economic ladder in order to support the creation of policies that provide both a safety net and a springboard to opportunity for the most disadvantaged among us.

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In Conversation with Mark Rank

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Vision 2020

Policies to strengthen our nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
Disaggregating Growth

Newly released U.S. poverty statistics show that recent economic growth is not broadly shared

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Hard Times: Routine Schedule Unpredictability and Material Hardship among Service Sector Workers

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We can cut child poverty in the United States in half in 10 years

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As the U.S. rural economy changes, social safety net programs buoy rural residents above the poverty line

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Supporting tribal sovereignty and resilience for American Indians in the 21st century

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How Exceptional is American Job Quality? Decent- and Poverty-Pay Rates by Age, Gender, and Education in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and France*

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Which Policies are Effective at Reducing Racial Differences in the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty?

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Income support programs boost earnings for low-wage workers by reducing household poverty in the United States

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Bring the Households Back In: The Effect of Poverty on the Mobility of Low-Wage Workers to Better Wages

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Equitable Recovery

Weak income support infrastructure harms U.S. workers and their families and constrains economic growth

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How federal place-conscious policies can work to reduce regional inequality in the United States

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Beyond place-based: Reducing regional inequality with place-conscious policies

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Equitable Recovery

The evidence behind Biden’s big plans for rebuilding infrastructure, reducing poverty, and combating inequality

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
In Conversation

In Conversation with Mark Rank

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Equitable Growth Presents: Dispelling Poverty Myths and Expanding Income Support

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The child allowance will pay dividends for the entire U.S. economy far into the future

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