Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

2013 poverty and income results: Rising tide lifts a few boats, but the levee needs work.

September 16th, 2014

They’re out and I’ve got an extensive analysis up at PostEverything. For here, some highlights. –The poverty rate fell more than I expected last year–down half-a-percentage point from 15% in 2012 to 14.5% in 2013. It was fully driven by a sharp decline in child poverty rate, which fell almost two percentage points, from 21.8%… Read more

Tomorrow is poverty/income day!

September 15th, 2014

IE, tomorrow AM the Census Bureau will host a webinar wherein they release poverty and household income results for 2013. I’ve got some speculation as to what we might see over at the Upshot. As you’ll see, it looks to me like inequality and fiscal drag have dampened gains in poverty and median household incomes,… Read more

Bipartisan Solutions to Poverty?

September 3rd, 2014

Tom Edsall takes an interesting tour through various partisan views on the causes and solutions to poverty, suggesting that there’s a unified theory in there somewhere: The emergence of a rough ideological consensus on the causes of poverty and inequality would increase the likelihood of, but by no means guarantee, agreement on such initiatives as raising the… Read more