Brief Understanding Recent Changes in Child Poverty
Austin Nichols
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Over the past 10 years, U.S. child poverty rates took two sharp turns: a major reduction from 1993 to 2000 followed by a slight hike from 2000 to 2004. This brief finds that the 1993 to 2000 drop in child poverty is largely due to improvements in the job market, especially for less-educated workers. The economic downturn beginning in 2000 hit all families, even those with more education, but the families of black children were hit hardest.
Research Areas Children and youth Families Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Poverty Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Racial and ethnic disparities Racial barriers to accessing the safety net