Reducing Child Poverty in the US: An Updated Analysis of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund

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Reducing Child Poverty in the US: An Updated Analysis of Policies Proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund

Abstract

Nearly one in six children in the US 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 children living in poverty by 57 percent—from 9.6 million to 4.1 million.

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