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Poverty

Persistent poverty can interfere with children’s ability to learn. It can lead to poor health, drug use, crime, and incarceration, among other risky behaviors and consequences that extract a hefty toll on the individuals and society.

The Solutions

The rich countries that have a much lower child poverty rate than the U.S. have a much higher rate of government intervention—namely taxes and transfers.

We know, too, that a variety of programs to assist the poor make a difference as well. The programs of the 1960s—Medicare and Medicaid, Head Start, food stamps, low income energy assistance all combined to bring child poverty to a record low of 15%.