Poverty

Over 14 percent children and 9 percent of adults in the United States lived in poverty as measured by the official poverty rate in 2019. Our posts cover a range of topics related to poverty in the U.S. and around the world, including research on the causes and broader consequences of poverty; racial and ethnic disparities in income and wealth; the long-term impacts of growing up in poverty for children and society at large; the role of safety net programs such as Medicaid, social security, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and innovative research on global poverty reduction.

Child Poverty
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Child Poverty

A look at some of the causes and consequences of child poverty, the ways in which child poverty rates vary across racial and ethnic groups, and what policy-makers can do to alleviate the scourge of child poverty.