September 2014 | Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, and Deborah Reed, Urban Institute

Promising Antipoverty Strategies for Families

A large percentage of poor children live with just one parent, usually their mother, and single-parent families are more vulnerable to economic downturns than are two-parent families. Living arrangements also affect the optimal design of policies related to income support and child support. In this paper, researchers review changes in family structure, the relationship between family structure and employment, and early evidence on differential impacts of the recession on families. They then focus on policies that are essential to reducing poverty in the context of the current work-based safety net.

Promising Antipoverty Strategies for Families.pdf

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