Social Safety Net

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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SNAP Benefits and the Government Shutdown

By ·January 23, 2019
Williams College

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The Issue:

Millions of Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) to make ends meet. Though benefit payments have been made for February, the Federal appropriations lapse means that March payments may be in jeopardy.

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Policy Implications from Rising Economic Inequality

By and ·November 13, 2018
Reed College and University of California, Berkeley

The Issue:

A marked increase in income inequality has been a defining characteristic of the U.S. economy of the past several decades. Progressive tax policy and a social safety net that invests in those at the bottom of the income distribution play a role in mitigating widening inequality in the United States. ...
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Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Universal Basic Income (VIDEO)

By and ·November 9, 2018
Reed College and University of California, Berkeley
Excerpt from webinar with Hilary Hoynes (University of California, Berkeley), Kimberly Clausing (Reed College), and Eduardo Porter (New York Times), October 16, 2018. A collaboration between EconoFact and The Hamilton Project, Brookings.

The Issue:

The idea of universal basic income, a fixed income that every ...
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Can Conditional Cash Transfers Break the Cycle of Poverty?

By ·September 24, 2018
Georgetown University

The Issue:

Programs that give cash to the poor in exchange for a commitment to keep children in school or provide them with basic medical care have become among the most important anti-poverty programs in some countries around the world. These conditional cash transfer programs have grown from just two, in Mexico ...
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Proposed Immigration Rules and the Safety Net

By ·April 3, 2018
Williams College

The Issue:

Current law prevents people who are deemed likely to become a "public charge," that is, dependent upon government support, from becoming legal permanent residents of the United States. The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly proposing to expand the definition and determination of who is a public ...
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