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Anti-poverty policy initiatives for the United States (Issue 3)

Date Added to Library: 
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 12:14
Individual Author: 
Berger, Lawrence M. (ed.)
Cancian, Maria (ed.)
Magnuson, Katherine (ed.)
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Published Date: 
February 2018
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February 2018
RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
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The 2016 presidential election has brought to the fore proposals to fundamentally restructure the U.S. anti-poverty safety net. Even though much of the current debate centers on shrinking or eliminating federal programs, we believe it is necessary and useful to explore alternatives that represent new approaches and significant innovations to existing policy and programs. This double issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences builds on and extends the scholarly conversation on the state of current U.S. anti-poverty policy by high-lighting a collection of related innovative and specific policy proposals for the United States. Well before the election, the authors of the articles in this volume were explicitly tasked with proposing substantially new policies solidly grounded in social science evidence that have the potential to transform anti-poverty policy. Assuming the goal to be reducing poverty among the U.S. population, we asked what new ideas should be seriously considered. The authors responded with carefully crafted proposals that tackle poverty from a variety of perspectives. Some of these proposals are more of a departure from existing policies than others, some borrow from other countries or revive old ideas, some are narrow in focus and others much broader, but all seek to move anti-poverty efforts into new territory. (Author abstract) 



Anti-Poverty Policy Innovations: New Proposals for Addressing Poverty in the United States

Lawrence Berger, Maria Cancian, and Katherine Magnuson

Part I. Employment, Education, and Family Planning

Coupling a Federal Minimum Wage Hike with Public Investments to Make Work Pay and Reduce Poverty

Jennifer Romich and Heather Hill

A Path to Ending Poverty by Way of Ending Unemployment: A Federal Job Guarantee

Mark Paul, William Darity Jr., Darrick Hamilton, and Khaing Zaw

Working to Reduce Poverty: A National Subsidized Employment Proposal

Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Kali Grant, Julie Kerksick, Dan Bloom, and Ajay Chaudry 

A "Race to the Top" in Public Higher Education to Improve Education and Employment Among the Poor

Harry Holzer

Postsecondary Pathways out of Poverty: City University of New York Accelerated Study in Associate Programs and the Case for National Policy

Diana Strumbos, Donna Linderman, and Carson Hicks

A Two-Generation Human Capital Approach to Anti-poverty Policy

Teresa Eckrich Sommer, Terri Sabol, Elise Chor, William Schneider, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Mario Small, Christopher King, and Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Could We Level the Playing Field? Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives, Nonmarital Fertility, and Poverty in the United States

Lawrence Wu and Nicholas Mark

Assessing the Potential Impacts of Innovative New Policy Proposals on Poverty in the United States

Christopher Wimer, Sophie Collyer, and Sara Kimberlin

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