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EITC Even Better for Children than We Thought

July 17, 2012

We previously showed that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers lifts more children out of poverty than any other public program.  More recent research suggests that the...

The Unfinished War on Poverty

July 5, 2012

Fifty years after Michael Harrington’s groundbreaking book, The Other America, shed light on widespread poverty in the United States, Demos, CBPP, and the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy will hold a conference next Tuesday where we’ll examine factors affecting poverty today and promising strategies...

The EITC: Our Strongest Tool for Boosting Single Mothers’ Employment

June 28, 2012

6-27-12eic.jpgYou might know that research consistently shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) significantly boosts work effort, especially among single mothers with limited education.  But you might not realize just how effective the EITC is.

Research by economists Bruce D....

The Pro-Work, Anti-Poverty EITC

June 26, 2012

A House Ways and Means subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow on how the structure of safety-net programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) affects recipients’ work incentives.

As our...

Vote to Eliminate SSBG Program for Vulnerable People Continues Disturbing Pattern

May 4, 2012

The House Budget Committee will consider a package of budget cuts next week that includes eliminating the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).  The Ways and Means Committee voted last month to eliminate the $1.7 billion-a-year program, which states use to help fund specialized services to some of their most vulnerable populations, primarily low- and moderate-income children and the elderly and...

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 6: It Works, But It Doesn’t Do Enough

December 21, 2011

As we’ve shown in our blog series over the past week, millions more Americans would face poverty and severe hardship without programs like TANF,...

New Poverty Measure Shows Government’s Anti-Poverty Impact

November 9, 2011

[This commentary, on the experimental measure of poverty that the Census Bureau released this week, first appeared in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.]

The Census Bureau’s release of the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) makes clear, in a way that the traditional poverty measure cannot, that federal and state programs significantly reduce the extent and depth of poverty.

New Research Highlights Importance of EITC for Working Families

October 19, 2011

New research shows that a larger share of families than we might think turn to a key federal work support — the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — but that most of them receive the credit for only a year or two at a time.

Why the Upcoming Poverty Numbers Matter

September 12, 2011

The Census Bureau will release figures tomorrow detailing the level of poverty in America in 2010. (We’ve issued brief pieces explaining what to look for in the new figures on poverty and health coverage.) The figures won’t show what it’s like to be poor, but other government data suggest that families living below or only modestly above the poverty line — which was about $22,300 for a family of four in 2010 — are the most likely to face daily hardships and that living in poverty can have damaging consequences over the long term. For example: