This report examines the potential impacts of a set of antipoverty policies proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). This work builds on a previous analysis completed for CDF (Giannarelli et al. 2015); additional details on that study are provided in appendix D of this report. The policies assessed for the current analysis include a minimum wage increase, a transitional jobs (TJ) program, expanded tax credits, increased availability of housing and child care subsidies, increased nutrition benefits, and changes to how benefit programs treat families’ child support income. Using microsimulation, we estimated how much each policy and the entire package of policies would reduce child poverty and how much they would cost. Poverty was assessed using the SPM because that measure considers a family’s cash income as well as the value of the in-kind benefits they receive and the amount of taxes they must pay. (Excerpt from author introduction)
Reducing child poverty in the US: An updated analysis of policies proposed by the Children’s Defense Fund
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