Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
Suggested evidence-based reforms to the ACA would cost
$453 billion to
$559 billion over 10 years
The cost is much smaller than the estimated savings in national health expenditures relative to projections made before the ACA.
20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors
Research indicates that more money in a local public sector appeared to increase a government’s effectiveness.
In 2011, 18% of all workers worked for themselves and had no employees
Sole proprietors tend to have worse economic outcomes than wage-and-salary workers, but employees in family businesses do better.
In less than 10 years, there will be 55 million Americans over the age of 65
Data show that without policy changes, many older Americans won’t have access to needed transportation and services.
3 percentage points: The amount the tax code cut poverty in 2012 through refundable credits
Spending through the tax code resulted in nearly twice the poverty reduction as SNAP and TANF spending.
$53,850: The average total debt among Americans with a credit file in 2013
That number was substantially higher for people with a mortgage ($209,768) than people without a mortgage ($11,592).