Ahead of the Perspectives on A Roadmap to Reducing Childhood Poverty event on Wednesday, October 30th, the panelists and co-sponsors developed a "recommended reading" list that provides insights into the history and research of poverty and U.S. public policy.
Their recommendations include an overview of A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, five key takeaways to the Ford Foundation Racial Wealth Gap Evaluation, the importance of looking at income instability as a key predictor of child outcomes, Senator Cory Booker's child poverty reduction policy proposals, and understanding the effects of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty."
Read their recommendations below, and don't forget to RSVP!
"The most important report on child poverty in years is finally out."
Vox summarizes the committee's report, and outlines the key programs that politicians could pursue to cut child poverty in half in the next decade.Read Vox's Overview
As careful research on the racial wealth gap and economic inequality has shown, fair structures that offer real opportunity work in part by helping individuals make the best choices they can and then make the most of those choices over time—in education, the labor market, housing, financial services and other arenas that define “opportunity for all."
Historical and contemporary accounts often portray the War on Poverty as a costly experiment that created doubts about the ability of public policies to address complex social problems. Legacies of the War on Poverty, drawing from fifty years of empirical evidence, documents that this popular view is too negative.
Strengthening Social Programs to Promote Economic Stability During Childhood
"Given the considerable evidence that economic circumstances affect child health and development, economic stability can and should be an important goal of multiple policy domains."Read the SRCD Social Policy Report
The Rich Can’t Get Richer Forever, Can They?
"How did the United States go from being the most egalitarian country in the West to being one of the most unequal? The course from there to here, it turns out, isn’t a straight line. During the past two centuries, inequality in America has been on something of a roller-coaster ride."Read The New Yorker