Research

Anti-Poverty Proposals


Promoting Affordable Care Act Enrollment Through Community Tax-Preparation Programs
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, September 2014

Expanding Opportunity in America
House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, July 2014

Universal Credit: A Primer; Understanding the United Kingdom’s New Welfare System and Its Implications for the United States
Helly Lee, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Melissa Boteach, and Megan Martin, Center for American Progress, Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy,
March 2014


Raising the Minimum Wage and Redesigning the EITC
Isabel Sawhill and Quentin Karpilow, The Brookings Institution, January 2014

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families: Two-Generation Strategies for Working with Disconnected Young Parents & Their Children
National Human Services Assembly, December 2013

Results of the Federal Urban Empowerment Zone Program
Matias Busso, Jesse Gregory and Patrick Kline, Institute for Research on Poverty, August 2013

Emergency Savings for Low-Income Consumers
J. Michael Collins and Leah Gjertson, Institute for Research on Poverty, August 2013

Focus Summer/Spring 2013
Institute for Research on Poverty, August 2013

Strategies for Assisting Low-Income Families
Isabel V. Sawhill and Quentin Karpilow, The Brookings Institution, July 2013

Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy
Bipartisan Policy Center, February 2013

Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States
Annie E. Casey Foundation, February 2013

U.S. Social Policy Dependence on the Family
Marriage and Religion Research Institute, February 2013

Looking Forward Policy Memos
MDRC, February 2013

How President Obama Can Reverse America’s Worsening Hunger Metrics
Joel Berg, Center for American Progress, February 2013

Working Toward Self-Sufficiency: Early Findings from a Program for Housing Voucher Recipients in New York City
MDRC, December 2012

Share of Tax Filers Claiming EITC Increases Across States and Place Types Between 2007 and 2010
Marybeth Mattingly and Elizabeth Kneebone, Carsey Institute, December 2012

Within Reach: Global Development Goals
Bread for the World Institute, November 2012

The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity
Melissa Boteach, Shawn Fremstad, Joy Moses, Erik Stegman and Katie Wright , Half in Ten, November 2012

Recent Gains and Losses on 12 Scorecard Policy Priorities
Corporation for Enterprise Development--CFED, October 2012

Recommendations to Increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America
National Council of Young Leaders, September 2012

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Low income Investment Fund, September 2012

Making Our Middle Class Stronger: 35 Policies to Revitalize America’s Middle Class
David Madland, Center for American Progress, August 2012

Renters’ Tax Credit Would Promote Equity and Advance Balanced Housing Policy
Barbara Sard and Will Fischer, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 2012

The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year on Fighting Poverty—and Fail
Michael Tanner, Cato Institute, May 2012

Protecting the Safety Net in Tough Times: Lessons from the States
Curtis Skinner, National Center for Children in Poverty, April 2012

Alleviating Poverty in the United States: The Critical Role of SNAP Benefits
Laura Tiehen, Dean Jolliffe and Craig Gundersen, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, April 2012

What Are Social Impact Bonds? An Innovative New Financing Tool for Social Programs
Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov and Kristina Costa, Center for American Progress, March 2012

Moving Away from Racial Stereotypes in Poverty Policy: Trends Suggest a Decline in Race Baiting, Creating Ways to Better Examine Race in Policymaking
Joy Moses, Center for American Progress, February 2012

Homeless Shelter Deduction Can Provide Much-Needed Help for Homeless Individuals and Families
Ty Jones, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 2011

Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies
Bread for the World Institute, November 2011

Facing Up to the Retirement Savings Deficit: From 401(k)s to Universal and Automatic Accounts
Michael Calabrese, New America Foundation, October 2011

Creating Pathways to Opportunity
The White House, October 2011

State Tax Codes as Poverty Fighting Tools
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, September 2011

At the Forefront: Poverty Impact Projections
Jodie Levin-Esptein and Milla Sanes, Center for Law and Social Policy, August 2011

Breaking the Low-Pay, No-Pay Cycle: Final Evidence from the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Demonstration
Richard Hendra, James A. Riccio, Richard Dorsett, David H. Greenberg, Genevieve Knight, Joan Phillips, Philip K. Robins, Sandra Vegeris, and Johanna Walter with Aaron Hill, Kathryn Ray and Jared Smith, MDRC, August 2011

Enterprise Programs: Freeing Entrepreneurs to Provide Essential Services for the Poor
National Center for Policy Analysis, August 2011

Section 8 Rental Assistance Programs are Not Growing as Share of HUD Budget
Douglas Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 2011

Taking Asset Building and Earnings Incentives to Scale in HUD-Assisted Rental Housing
Jeffrey Lubell and Reid Cramer, Center for Housing Policy and the New America Foundation,
July 2011

Audio Conference with Rep. Jan Schakowsky: Remarks on the Effects of Budgets Cuts on Low-Income Families
May 2011

Energy Assistance Programs Benefitted 48 Percent More Households During Recession: Proposed Cuts Threaten Vulnerable Families
Jessica A. Bean, Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, April 2011

America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, April 2011

A Unique Opportunity to Improve School Meals Applications
Zoë Neuberger and Abby Lane, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 2011

Reforming Tax Expenditures Can Reduce Deficits While Making the Tax Code More Efficient and Equitable
Chuck Marr and Brian Highsmith, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 2011

Tax Simplification: Clarifying Work, Child, and Education Incentives
Elaine Maag, Urban Institute, March 2011

Doing What Works Annual Report 2011
Center for American Progress, February 2011

The Case for State Food Action Plans: Laboratories of Food Democracy
Joel Berg and Joy Moses, Center for American Progress, February 2011

Social Impact Bonds: A Promising New Financing Model to Accelerate Social Innovation and Improve Government Performance
Jeffrey B. Liebman, Center for American Progress, February 2011

Gaining Perspective: Lessons Learned From One Foundation’s Exploratory Decade
Northwest Area Foundation, January 2011

The Saver’s Bonus: A Proposal to Support Savings by Working Families at Tax Time
Reid Cramer, The Asset Building Program, New America Foundation, December 2010

Building a Pathway to Dignity and Work
Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, December 2010

Strategies to Combat Childhood Hunger in Four U.S. Cities
The United States Conference of Mayors and Sodexo, Inc., November 2010

Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity: Final Report 2010
Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity,
November 2010

Obama’s Tax Hikes on High-Income Earners Will Hurt the Poor—and Everyone Else
Guinevere Nell and Karen A. Campbell, The Heritage Foundation, November 2010

TANF Benefits are Low and Have Not Kept Pace with Inflation: Benefits Are Not Enough to Meet Families’ Basic Needs
Liz Schott and Ife Finch, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 2010

TANF Benefits are Low and Have Not Kept Pace with Inflation: Benefits Are Not Enough to Meet Families’ Basic Needs
Liz Schott and Ife Finch, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 2010

The Potential Impact of Expiring Tax Cuts on Low-Income Taxpayers
Nicholas Kasprak, Tax Foundation, October 2010

Feel No Pain: Why a Deficit in Times of High Unemployment is Not a Burden
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 2010

What Every American Needs to Know About Government-Entitlement Reform
Andrew G. Biggs, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, September 2010

Reducing Student Poverty in the Classroom: School-Based Antipoverty Strategies the Federal Government Can Learn From and Act On
Saba Bireda and Joy Moses, Center for American Progress, September 2010

Credit Where Credit is (Over) Due: Four State Tax Policies Could Lessen the Effect that State Tax Systems Have in Exacerbating Poverty
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), September 2010

Down Payment on Economic Recovery: Why Temporary Payments to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Recipients Are Effective Stimulus
Josh Bivens and Kathryn Ann Edwards, Economic Policy Institute, September 2010

Money Well Spent: How Positive Social Investments Will Reduce Incarceration Rates, Improve Public Safety, and Promote the Well-Being of Communities
Justice Policy Institute, September 2010

Promising Antipoverty Strategies for Families
Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, Deborah Reed, Fast Focus, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Number 6, August 2010

Putting Public Debt in Context—Historical and International Comparisons
Josh Bivens and Anna Turner, Economic Policy Institute, August 2010

The Sanction Epidemic in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
Timothy Casey, Legal Momentum, August 2010

Going, Going, Almost Gone: Job-Creating TANF Emergency Fund Sent to Expire
LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D., Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 2010

Letting High-Income Tax Cuts Expire is Proper Response to Nation’s Short- and Long-Term Challenges
Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 2010

Staying Home: The Rights of Renters Living in Foreclosed Properties (pdf)
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, June 2010

Feeding Opportunity: Ending Child Hunger Furthers the Goal of Cutting U.S. Poverty in Half over the Next Decade
Joel Berg, Center for American Progress and the Half in Ten Campaign, May 2010


The Benefits and Costs of the Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program: A Framework and First-Year Estimates (pdf)
Deven Carlson, Robert Haveman, Thomas Kaplan and Barbara Wolfe, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, May 2010

Ending Family Homelessness in Massachusetts: A New Approach for the Emergency Assistance (EA) Program (pdf)
Dennis P. Culhane and Thomas Byrne, The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, May 2010

KIDS COUNT 2010 Special Report: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters (pdf)
Leila Fiester and Ralph Smith, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, May 2010

Poverty on the Rise in the District: The Impact of Unemployment in 2009 and 2010
DC Fiscal Policy Institute, March 2010

Strengthening State Economic Development Systems: A Framework for Change
John Quinterno, Working Poor Families Project, March 2010

A New Era of Partnerships: Report of Recommendations to the President
President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, March 2010

Failure to Extend Improvements in Child Tax Credit Would Harm Millions of Low-Income Working Families
Arloc Sherman, Avi Feller and Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 2010

Improving Access to Public Benefits: Helping Eligible Individuals and Families Get the Income Supports They Need
Shelley Waters-Booth, The Ford Foundation; Open Society Institute; Annie E. Casey Foundation, February 2010

Poverty Elimination Strategies That Work
Kimberly Drew, Nadeen Israel and Tim Klein, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, January 2010

Ending Childhood Hunger by 2015: The Essential Strategies for Achieving the President's Goal (pdf)
The Food Research and Action Center, July 2009

The "Great Recession" and Redistribution: Federal Antipoverty Policies (pdf)
Gary Burtless, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2009

Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger in America by 2015 (pdf)
National Anti-Hunger Organizations, December 2009

An Expanded and Refundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Would Help Make Child Care More Affordable for Millions of Families (pdf)
National Women's Law Center, November 2009

Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net Is Failing Americans and How to Fix It
Deepak Bhargava, Timothy Casey, John Cavanagh, Karen Dolan, Peter Edelman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sarita Gupta, Dedrick Muhammad, Diana Pearce, Steve Savner and Kevin Shih, Institute for Policy Studies, December 2009

Workforce Development as an Antipoverty Strategy: What do we know? What should we do?
Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University and Institute for Research on Poverty, Focus, Fall 2009

A Just and Sustainable Recovery
Bread for the World Institute, November 2009

National Service and Youth Unemployment: Strategies for Job Creation Amid Economic Recovery
Melissa Boteach, Joy Moses and Shirley Sagawa, Center for American Progress, November 2009

Considerations in Efforts to Restructure Work-Based Credits
Steve Holt and Elaine Maag , Tax Policy Center, November 2009

Homeless Cost Study
United Way of Greater Los Angeles, October 2009

Poverty and Opportunity: State Government Task Forces
Center for Law and Social Policy, September 2009

Poverty: A New Agenda Tested by Hard Times
The American Prospect, September 2009

Vibrant Neighborhoods, Successful Schools: What the Federal Government Can Do to Foster Both
Margery Austin Turner and Alan Berube, The Urban Institute, July 2009

Reshaping the Advocacy Direction on Poverty Reduction: Bridging Individual and Community Strategies (pdf)
Charles Bruner, Child and Family Policy Center and the Northwest Area Foundation, May 2009

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (pdf)
Rachel Cooper, Crystal FitzSimons, Katherine Moos and Ben Hecht, Food Research and Action Center, July 2009

Safety Net Effective at Fighting Poverty But Has Weakened for the Very Poorest
Arloc Sherman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 2009

Measuring the "Faith Factor" in Social Service Program Outcome (pdf)
Jennifer Noyes, Institute for Research on Poverty, June 2009

Job Training That Works: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study
Sheila Maguire, Joshua Freely, Carol Clymer and Maureen Conway, Public/Private Ventures, May 2009

Analysis of Child Poverty and Economic Opportunity in Delaware: Finding and Initial Recommendations (pdf)
Child Poverty Task Force, State of Delaware, April 2009

Center for Economic Opportunity: Early Achievements and Lessons Learned (pdf)
New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, April 2009

Changing Poverty and Changing Antipoverty Policies
Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger, Institute for Research on Poverty, April 2009

Making the Link: Reducing Poverty at the State and Local Level
Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, April 2009

Paid Leave in the States: A Critical Support for Low-wage Workers and Their Families
Sarah Fass, National Center for Children in Poverty, March 2009

Bringing Home the Green Recovery: A User's Guide to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Shawn Fremstad, Radhika Fox and Jason Walsh Green For All and PolicyLink, March 2009

Principles for State Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (pdf)
Working Poor Families Project, March 2009

Extending "Climate Rebates" to Include Middle-Income Consumers
Chad Stone and Hannah Shaw, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 2009

Policy Proposals to Reduce Poverty
Poverty Forum, February 2009

Resources for Living Wage Worship Services and Community Events
Let Justice Roll Campaign, January 2009

Target Practice: Lessons for Poverty Reduction
Jodie Levin-Epstein and Webb Lyons, Center for Law and Social Policy, January 2009

Strategies to Build Economic Security and Reduce Poverty: A Tool Kit for States
Annette Case, January 2009
Recession Could Cause Large Increases in Poverty and Push Millions into Deep Poverty
Sharon Parrott, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, November 2008

Measures and Methods: Four Tenets for Rural Economic Development in the New Economy (pdf)
               
Anita Brown-Graham and William Lambe, The Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire , October 2008

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2007
           Jason Levitis and Andrew Nicholas, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 2008

Bridging the Gap: Reshaping Poverty Policy in America (PDF)
Neighborhood Funders Group, Special Conference Issue, Fall 2008

Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren’t Doing to Promote Family Economic Security
Sarah Fass, Jodie Briggs and Nancy K. CauthenNational Center for Children in Poverty, August 2008

A Platform for Progress: Building a Better Future for Women and Their Families
National Women’s Law Center , August 2008

State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty
Susan Golonka and Linda Hoffman,National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices, June 2008

Metro Raise: Boosting the Earned Income Tax Credit to Help Metropolitan Workers and Families
Alan Berube, David Park, and Elizabeth Kneebone,The Brookings Institution, June, 2008

A Hand Up: A Strategy to Reward Work, Expand Opportunity, and Reduce Poverty
Jason E. Bordoff, Jason Furman, and Paige L. Shevlin, The Hamilton Project, December 2007

Four Years of Welfare Reform: A Progress Report
Lisa Oliphant, Cato Institute, August 2000

Welfare Reform That Works: Explaining the Welfare Caseload Decline, 1996-2000
Michael New, Cato Institute, May 2002

From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half
Poverty Task Force, Center for American Progress, April 2007

The Center for American Progress recommends 12 poverty reduction strategies that they believe will cut poverty in half.

Repairing the Economic Ladder: A Transformative Investment Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Expand America's Middle Class
U.S. Conference of Mayors,January 2007

Going for Broke: How Big-City Mayors are Resurrecting the National Anti-Poverty Agenda
Reid Cramer, New America Foundation, March 6, 2007, American Prospect Online

Commentary from Reid Cramer on the US Conference of Mayors recommendations for effective poverty reduction.

A Citizen-Based Social Contract
Michael Lind, New America Foundation, July 2007

Calls for a new social contract that would guarantee all Americans with basic security and the goods necessary to live and thrive in the 21st Century.

Child Poverty and Welfare Reform: Stay the Course
June E. O’Neill and Sanders Korenman, Manhattan Institute, December 2004

Report from the Manhattan Institute claims that welfare reform has played a significant role in the reduction of child poverty among black and Hispanic households headed by single mothers.

The Future of Children: The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies
Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill, eds., Fall 2007

Includes research and analysis from leading researchers on a variety of poverty reduction strategies emphasizing the alleviation of child poverty.

Bloomberg Tackles Poverty
Reid Cramer, New American Foundation, June/July 2007

Many cities are using innovative poverty reduction strategies. Reid Cramer examines cash conditional transfers as a poverty reduction strategy in New York City.

Ending Poverty in America: Using Carrots and Sticks
The American Prospect, May 2007

Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center on Children and Families Isabel V. Sawhill, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center on Children and Families.

This article, published in the American Prospect, claims that poverty reduction strategies should include measures that attempt to change personal behavior as well as strengthen government support.

Working Harder for Working Families
Bread for the World Institute, January 2008

Work and Marriage: The Way to End Poverty and Welfare
Ron Haskins and Isabel V. Sawhill, Brookings Institution, September 2003

Emphasizes poverty reduction strategies that encourage full time work and promote marriage.

Rewarding the Work of Individuals A Counterintuitive Approach to ReducingPoverty and Strengthening Families
Gordon L. Berlin, MDRC, September 2007

This report, included in The Future of Children semiannual report, focuses on poverty reduction strategies that reward work among low-income individuals, with specific focus on expanding the EITC to all workers, those with or without children.

The Behavioral Aspects of Poverty
The Public Interest, Fall 2003

Isabel V. Sawhill, Vice President and Director, Economic Studies

This article, originally published in The Public Interest, argues that public policies around poverty reduction should be aimed at helping poor individuals adopt “mainstream behaviors” such as work and marriage.

Declining Employment among Young Black Less-Educated Men: The Role of Incarceration and Child Support
Harry Holzer, Paul Offner, Elaine Sorensen, April 2004

Poverty disproportionately affects the African-American population in the United States. This report from the Urban Institute describes declining employment among young black less-educated men and concludes that child support policies and post-incarceration effects are driving these men out of the traditional labor market.

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