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June 18, 2024

Economic Opportunity and Social Mobility

…their view of the American Dream), five definitions fell short of a majority. These included “being middle class,” “becoming rich,” “owning your own business,” “having enough income to afford a…

May 22, 2024

Missed Opportunities in the Proposed Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn Thompson’s proposed Farm Bill reauthorization, The Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024, heads to committee markup today. The Farm Bill is a tough reauthorization…

May 8, 2024

USDA Report Highlights Subjectivity of Food Insecurity Measure

…whole day because there wasn’t enough money for food?”) while others are less severe (“[Could you] afford to eat balanced meals?”). Research has shown that households do not vary in…

May 6, 2024

Generation Z Has Problems Compared to Past Generations, but Money Isn’t One

…“because we can’t afford it.” But there’s plenty of evidence this story is wrong. The Economist has a story up now presenting evidence that Gen Z is rich beyond any prior generation. “In financial…

April 23, 2024

Awkward Truth: Subsidizing Women’s Work Drives Down Birthrates

…getting married and having children because they can’t afford it! This is partly true, and so it’s partly true that we can drive up birthrates by giving money to would-be parents. But there are…

April 18, 2024

The Real Story Behind Food Insecurity in the US

…For example, households are asked whether they are able to “afford to eat balanced meals” or if they “worried whether their food would run out.” But people can differ in their definition…

April 9, 2024

The Child Tax Credit: My Long-Read Q&A with Kevin Corinth

…sort of a sheltered homeless population, largely single-parent families who have very low incomes who can’t afford housing in the area, or might’ve had sort of lost a job. So…

February 27, 2024

Options for Improving the Child Tax Credit Provisions in H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024

H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, passed the House on January 31, 2024 and now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. The…

January 10, 2024

By the Numbers: Here’s How the New Federal Financial Aid Formula Harms Families with More Than One Child

…not that the new formula doesn’t take family size into account at all—it does, barely. The issue is that the new formula calculates the total amount a family can afford

December 15, 2023

Pro-Family Policy Priorities for States

Introduction America’s system of federalism means that the is- sues that most directly impact the lives of parents and families are often most appropriately dealt with at the state level….