Friday, September 4, 2009

Race, Ethnicity, and Low-Income Status

The Urban Institute recently published a fact sheet on racial and ethnic disparities among low-income families. Examining racial and ethnic differences in low-income family structure, work effort, nativity or immigration status, earnings, and education, the publication suggests a need for difference policy approaches to reducing poverty and economic disparity.
With less emphasis on income supports and more on increasing work effort, recent
policy changes may have affected racial disparities. In addition, if new
policies aim to move people up to the next rung on the economic ladder or
improve families' well-being even if their incomes do not increase
substantially, then policymakers and advocates need to understand racial
differences that may affect the impact of these policies and programs on
different types of families.

Policies to reduce poverty and increase family economic success.

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