Poverty and Inequality

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As part of Policy Futures, we examine "what works" when it comes to federal and state policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity for low-income Americans. This page highlights reports, blog posts and other materials that synthesize and amplify the work of poverty researchers around the country on program effectiveness.

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Policy Basics

Reducing poverty and inequality and improving opportunity are major national challenges.  

We analyze economic developments affecting low- and moderate-income Americans, including trends in poverty and income inequality. In addition, we analyze the extent to which economic security programs reduce poverty and racial inequities and help children succeed.