·March 14, 2019
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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
·January 22, 2019
University of California, Irvine
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 ...
·January 7, 2019
Texas A&M University
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
for opposing ...
·December 18, 2018
University of California, Los Angeles
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When it comes to putting people behind bars, the United States is an outlier: The share of the population that is incarcerated is higher by far in the U.S. than in most other countries. Maintaining this high rate of incarceration comes at a high cost to ...
·December 5, 2018
University of Michigan
Sugary drinks are the primary source
of added sugar consumed in America. Consumption of these drinks is associated with obesity
, which contributes to a range of diseases that are responsible for premature deaths. A public health response
to this connection is to tax soda and other sugary drinks in order ...
·July 11, 2018
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 ...
·June 12, 2018
The good news in the 2018 report of the Trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund
, released in early June, was that the program is expected to have enough money to pay for scheduled retirement benefits for the next decade and a half. There are concerns, however, about the longer-run financing of the ...
·January 7, 2018
UC Davis and Center for Poverty Research
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 ...
·November 12, 2017
University of California, Berkeley
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as "food stamps", is one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the United States, reaching over 44 million
Americans in 2016, at a cost of $73 billion
to the Federal Government. Major policy changes up for consideration in Congress
as well ...