Child Poverty Rates Dropped Before Changes to…

A recent article in the New York Times and a research paper from Child Trends—a research organization focused on child welfare—highlighted the stark decline in child poverty driven by growth in the social safety net. From 1993 to 2019, child poverty has disappeared largely due to changes in government programs like housing subsidies, Social Security, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—but most significant were the changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 1993, according to the research.

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