Social Policy

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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Welfare and the Federal Budget

By ·July 25, 2017
University of Maryland

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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The Success of the Earned Income Tax Credit

By ·May 8, 2017
University of California, Berkeley

The Issue:

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a major anti-poverty program that benefits both children and adults. It is a program with wide bipartisan support since, by providing a tax credit to lower-income working families in a way that incentivizes work, it both promotes greater labor force participation ...
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