Stanford report shows that U.S. performs poorly on poverty and inequality measures

The United States is dead last on many poverty and inequality outcomes when compared with other well-to-do countries, according to a new report by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. This year’s report, issued today, examines how the U.S. is faring relative to other well-off countries. Written by some of the world’s leading experts […]

Study: Food stamps do much more to fight poverty than we thought

A new study suggests that programs like food stamps and housing vouchers cut poverty by almost twice as much as we thought they did. According to standard census numbers, the poverty rate in New York from 2008 to 2011 was 13.6 percent, before taking these programs into account. The programs the study examines — food […]

How to Fight Homelessness

WITH over 58,000 people in our shelter system every night, and thousands more sleeping on the streets, concern about homelessness in New York City has reached a fever pitch. We must attack this challenge on every front: through construction of more housing with on-site services, expanded federal support for homeless families and improvements in city-run […]

The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money

Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened. Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children […]