Social Safety Net

COVID-19 Impacts on Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition

By ·April 20, 2020
Tufts University

Lines represent simple average of selected companies in each sector of the food system:

Grocery Outlets
Kroger (KR), Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM), Weis Markets (WMK)
 Packaged foods Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Hormel (HRL), Kellogg's (K), JM Smucker (SJM)
• S&P
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Policy Responses to the Economic Consequences of Coronavirus

By and ·March 17, 2020
Harvard Kennedy School, and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

Coronavirus presents economic challenges as well as adverse consequences for public health. Interruptions to regular business activity through people sheltering at home, limiting both the supply of workers and the demand for goods and services, coupled with panic in financial markets, almost certainly

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Will the Public Charge Rule Reduce Safety Net Expenditures? (UPDATE)

By ·January 27, 2020
Williams College

The Issue:

Policy-makers worry about the financial burden of immigrants on the taxpayer funded safety net. The Trump administration’s August 2019 “public charge” guidance aims to discourage non-citizen participation in federal safety net programs and to deny admission to the country to those deemed likely

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Who Would Be Affected by Proposed Changes to SNAP?

By ·August 1, 2019
School of Education & Social Policy and Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

The Issue:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that terminate SNAP eligibility for over 3 million people who currently qualify under Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). These are mostly working families, people with disabilities,

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Can the U.S. Cut Child Poverty in Half in a Decade?

By , , and ·April 2, 2019
University of California, Irvine; Columbia University; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Issue:

Child poverty is a serious problem for the United States. It compromises the health, learning and development of our children and their future employment opportunities and well-being. Can we find a feasible and cost-effective set of programs and policies that would generate substantial reductions in

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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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