Melissa Kearney
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND. Professor, Department of Economics. My research focuses on issues of social policy, poverty, and inequality. Many of my papers examine the effect of government programs and economic conditions on the behaviors and outcomes of economically disadvantaged populations.

COVID-19 Social Insurance Payments to U.S. Households

March 26, 2020

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The Issue:

The United States government is gearing up to issue immediate direct payments to individuals to provide a financial lifeline at this time of income loss due to business closures and reduced demand for work and services. Such payments would provide an important measure

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Welfare and the Federal Budget

July 25, 2017

The Issue:

As the Trump administration has been preparing a federal budget and Congress has been talking about tax reform, there has been much attention to the federal budget and federal government spending priorities. One notion that has surfaced in the surrounding political discourse is that the federal government ...
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