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Perspectives on A Roadmap To Reducing Child Poverty

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 PovertyThe 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.

A panel of Larry Aber, Jennifer Jones-Austin, Xavier de Souza Briggs and Benard Dreyer

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 ChangeNYU Strategies to Reduce Inequality at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and the Office of the President.

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