Social Policy

The Potential of State Earned Income Tax Credits

By and ·March 14, 2019
Emory University

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The Issue:

State legislatures play an increasingly important role in setting social and health policies. Earned income tax credit laws, enacted at the state level, offer a potentially fruitful area for policy action. The programs have been shown to play an important

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Concentrated Poverty and the Disconnect Between Jobs and Workers

By ·January 22, 2019
University of California, Irvine

The Issue:

High levels of joblessness have been characteristic of extremely high-poverty neighborhoods in primarily urban settings. Many challenges stand in the way of generating jobs in these areas. These include low skills among potential workers, inadequate and decaying infrastructure, racial discrimination in ...
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What Are The Broader Impacts of the Minimum Wage?

By ·January 7, 2019
Texas A&M University

The Issue:

Debates about the minimum wage tend to be about whether raising it leads to a reduction in employment, typically focusing on job losses soon after the minimum wage is raised. Evidence on the short-run impact of the minimum wage on the number of jobs is mixed, and controversial (see here and here for opposing ...
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The Impact of Roe v. Wade on American Fertility

By ·July 11, 2018
Wellesley College

The Issue:

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court raises legitimate questions about the future of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. If a reversal of Roe v. Wade were to occur, it would return the legal status of ...
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Employment and Poverty

By ·January 7, 2018
UC Davis and Center for Poverty Research

The Issue:

For the past two decades, U.S. anti-poverty policy has coalesced around the idea that work should be at the center of anti-poverty programs. Bi-partisan welfare reform in the 1990s focused on work requirements and time limits. The growth and popularity of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which increases ...
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