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Poverty and Inequality

Marriage Reduces Child Poverty

Over a third of single-parent families with children are poor, compared to only seven percent of married families. Read More.

What is U.S. Poverty Today?

For decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that over 30 million Americans live in “poverty,” but other government surveys show that most of these are not poor in any ordinary sense of the term. Read More.

The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government

The great and calamitous fiscal trends of our time—dependence on government by an increasing portion of the American population, and soaring debt that threatens the financial integrity of the economy—worsened in 2010 and 2011. Read More.

Understanding U.S. Poverty: Surprising Facts

The Census Bureau recently released its annual poverty report, declaring that a record 46.2 million persons, or about one in seven Americans, were poor in 2010. Read More.

The typical poor person in the United States has a far higher living standard than the public imagines. While their lives are not opulent, they are far from the images of dire poverty conveyed by the press, liberal activists, and politicians. Policies to tackle poverty must address its major causes: the absence of married fathers in the home and low levels of work.

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Experts on Poverty and Inequality