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

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
Disaggregating Growth

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

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

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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New research shows California Paid Family Leave reduces poverty

Inequality & MobilityLabor
TOPICS: Paid Leave, Poverty
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We can cut child poverty in the United States in half in 10 years

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

Inequality & Mobility

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Coronavirus Recession

U.S. economic policy principles for confronting the coronavirus recession

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesTax & MacroeconomicsLabor
Coronavirus Recession

The most exposed workers in the coronavirus recession are also key consumers: Making sure they get help is key to fighting the recession

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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The Matching Multiplier and the Amplification of Recessions

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
Coronavirus Recession

The only thing better than strengthening federal social supports now to prevent a coronavirus recession is strengthening them forever

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesLabor
working paper

Baltimore Study: Credit Scores

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
Vision 2020

Improved public school teaching of racial oppression could enable U.S. society to grasp the roots and effects of racial and economic inequality

Inequality & Mobility
Vision 2020

Addressing the need for affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education for all in the United States

FamiliesInequality & MobilityLabor
Vision 2020

Earnings instability and mobility over our working lives: Improving short- and long-term economic well-being for U.S. workers

LaborFamiliesInequality & Mobility
Vision 2020

Policies to strengthen our nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
Vision 2020

Race and the lack of intergenerational economic mobility in the United States

Inequality & MobilityTax & MacroeconomicsLabor
Vision 2020

Overcoming social exclusion: Addressing race and criminal justice policy in the United States

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
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The logistics of a reparations program in the United States

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & MobilityFamilies
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