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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Vision 2020

Policies to strengthen our nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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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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New research shows California Paid Family Leave reduces poverty

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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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Americans want green spending in federal coronavirus recession relief packages

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Misvaluations in local property tax assessments cause the tax burden to fall more heavily on Black, Latinx homeowners

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The Assessment Gap: Racial Inequalities in Property Taxation

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One year later: Recession Ready and the coronavirus recession

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Coronavirus recession: How to get the U.S. economy back on track

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Coronavirus Recession

Green stimulus, not dirty bailouts, is the smart investment strategy during the coronavirus recession

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For an equitable recovery, federal relief to deal with the coronavirus recession must be transparent to the U.S. public

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Is the social safety net a long-term investment? Large-scale evidence from the food stamps program

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Fool Me Once: Investing in Unemployment Insurance systems to avoid the mistakes of the Great Recession during COVID-19

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Early lessons learned from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s first round of lending from its Paycheck Protection Program

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Rescuing small businesses to fight the coronavirus recession and prevent further economic inequality in the United States

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