Research Report Reducing Child Poverty in the US:
Costs and Impacts of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund
Linda Giannarelli, Kye Lippold, Sarah Minton, Laura Wheaton
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One in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. The Children’s Defense Fund contracted with the Urban Institute to estimate how much child poverty could be reduced by a comprehensive set of policies—increasing the minimum wage, providing transitional jobs, expanding subsidized housing and child care, increasing food assistance, increasing federal income tax credits, and changing how child support is counted in determining benefits. Urban Institute staff analyzed the policies using the TRIM3 microsimulation model. We estimate that the full package of policies would reduce the number of poor children by 60 percent--from 10.9 million to 4.3 million.

Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Poverty Economic well-being Public service and subsidized employment programs Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Kids in context Earned income tax credit Hunger and food assistance
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center