In 2015, Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a comprehensive study of child poverty in the United States, and to provide a nonpartisan, evidence-based report that would provide its assessment of the most effective means for reducing child poverty by half in the next 10 years. The National Academies appointed a committee with expertise in economics, psychology, cognitive science, public policy, education, sociology, and pediatrics to conduct the study and issue a report.
Dr. J. Lawrence Aber and Dr. Benard Dreyer served on the expert committee and co-authored A Roadmap to Reducing Childhood Poverty. The comprehensive report concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, and recommends "packages" of evidence-based policies and programs that could cut the child poverty rate while increasing employment and earnings in low-income families.
On Wednesday, October 30th, Drs. Aber and Dreyer offered their perspectives on the report and discussed the proposed policies and programs with Jennifer Jones-Austin and Dr. Xavier de Souza Briggs.
This event was co-sponsored by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, NYU Strategies to Reduce Inequality at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and the Office of the President.
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