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The earned income tax credit delivers $60 billion a year to low-income earners

The earned income tax credit delivers $60 billion a year to low-income earners

The numbers show that some of the largest and most effective anti-poverty programs are now run through the tax code.

Source: 2014, The War on Poverty Moves to the Tax Code
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As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012 

As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012

The drop can be attributed to low credit availability. Black and Hispanic borrowers have been disproportionately affected.

Source: 2014, Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume
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Women are 32% more likely than men to have 4+ credit cards

Women are 32 percent more likely than men to have four or more credit cards

Greater holding of store-branded credit cards may help explain the difference.

Source: 2014, Do Financial Knowledge, Behavior, and Well-Being Differ by Gender?
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Federal prisoners are required to serve at least 87% of their prison sentences

Federal prisoners are required to serve at least 87% of their prison sentences

Lowering the minimum amount of time served to 75 percent could save $1 billion over 10 years.

Source: 2013, Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System
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64% of Sierra Leoneans in 2008 believed their local council cared for their community’s needs     

64% of Sierra Leoneans in 2008 believed their local council cared for their community’s needs

After a 10-year civil war, the nation’s people are more confident in government due to decentralization and peaceful elections.

Source: 2014, Local Government Discretion and Accountability in Sierra Leone
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18% of LGBTQ youth engaged in survival sex dislike “everything” about trading sex

For many respondents, trading sex seemed like the most effective way to meet their basic needs, like food and shelter.

Source: 2015, Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex
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