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Supplemental Security Income: An Important Anti-Poverty Program

December 2, 2015

The poverty rate among Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in 2013 would have been 63 percent without SSI, as opposed to the actual rate of 42 percent with it, a recent Social Security Administration (SSA) study found.  Moreover, while SSI in many cases does not provide enough to lift people out of poverty, it cuts...

SSI Increasingly Vital for Non-Elderly Adults & Children
Ben Spielberg

Research Associate
Project Manager, Full Employment

Unions Boost Economic Opportunity

September 18, 2015

A growing body of research shows that high inequality creates barriers to economic mobility, particularly for disadvantaged children.  Institutions that boost mobility and opportunity are thus particularly important in our era of large income disparities.  Unions are one such...

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Ben Spielberg

Research Associate
Project Manager, Full Employment

Fed Should Consider Wage Trends When Setting Interest Rates

June 15, 2015

In a new paper for our Full Employment Project, economist Josh Bivens argues that the Federal Reserve should set a wage-growth target to inform its decisions about interest rates.

The Fed’s dual mandate...

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Ben Spielberg

Research Associate
Project Manager, Full Employment

Breaking Down Barriers to Economic Opportunity

June 4, 2015

The lack of upward mobility for low- and middle-income children – a product of inequality and poverty – strikes at the heart of the American dream.  But several evidence-based policies can boost opportunities for these children, as Jared Bernstein and I document in a new paper for the...

Young Children Sitting
Ben Spielberg

Research Associate
Project Manager, Full Employment