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  • Off the Charts Blog
    October 31, 2014

  • What the 2014 Trustees’ Report Shows About Social Security
    Kathy Ruffing
    August 13, 2014

    Social Security can pay full benefits for close to two decades, the trustees’ latest annual report shows, but will then face a significant, though manageable, funding shortfall that the President and Congress should address in the near future.[1]  Doing so would permit changes that are gradual rather than sudden and allow …
  • Introduction to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program
    Revised February 27, 2014

    What Is Supplemental Security Income? The federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly cash assistance to people who are disabled, blind, or elderly and have little income and few assets.  In December 2013, nearly 8.4 million people collected SSI benefits (see Figure 1).[1]  For nearly three-fifths of …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 3
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 7, 2014

    The safety net has developed over many decades and now helps millions of people make ends meet and access affordable health care.  Census data and new research show that the safety net today both keeps tens of millions of people above the poverty line and has positive longer-term impacts on children, including …
  • Commentary: War on Poverty: Large Positive Impact, But More Work Remains
    Sharon Parrott
    January 7, 2014

    President Reagan famously declared, and others have often repeated, that the United States fought a war on poverty and poverty won.  But, as we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Overview
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    Updated January 7, 2014

    As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century when measured using a comprehensive poverty measure, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have declined. Today’s safety net — which includes important programs and improvements …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 1
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 6, 2014

    The following charts illustrate that: An expanded poverty measure shows progress that the official measure masks (Part I); Elderly poverty has fallen substantially under any measure (Part II); The safety net reduces child poverty substantially (Part III); Incomes rose at the bottom (Part IV); and Incomes …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 2
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 6, 2014

    Many changes in American society over the last 50 years have affected poverty.  Some have exerted upward pressure on poverty, such as an increase in the share of economic gains going to top earners, higher rates of single parenthood, and diminished labor market prospects for less-skilled workers.  At the same time, it’s often overlooked that …
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