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Latino Michiganders: Key findings from U-M Poverty Solutions

Oct 15, 2021
ANN ARBOR—As National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture and contributions of Latinos in the U.S., comes to a close, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan highlights key data from its research that relates to Latinos...
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Child tax credit empowers families, says Shaefer

Oct 13, 2021 The New York Times
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has suggested that lawmakers pick just one of the family policies in the safety net spending bill. The New York Times asked Luke Shaefer which one he would choose. "The child tax credit is elegant in that it does...
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Federal unemployment money boosted health care spending

Oct 12, 2021
Emergency federal dollars given to the unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic bolstered health-care spending as jobless rates skyrocketed, a new University of Michigan study found. But the negative consequences of unemployment and moderating...
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Increase in SNAP benefits will combat rising food prices, says Seefeldt

Oct 1, 2021 News Channel 5 Nashville
As food prices continue to rise, an increase in SNAP benefits nationwide will help many low-income families, says Kristin Seefeldt. "We've all heard about and probably felt in our own pocketbooks, the increase in grocery prices. So this will make...
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Shaefer explores effectiveness of expanded Child Tax Credit

Sep 22, 2021 Time
Following the expansion of the Child Tax Credit, millions of families received a boost in income. “What we’re doing so far is not perfect. There are people who are being left out," Luke Shaefer told Time. “I’m just incredibly excited that we have...
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Raising aspirations for poor entrepreneurs may backfire - Yang

Sep 21, 2021 VoxDev
Can setting larger, more ambitious goals and financial self-help books aid poor entrepreneurs in decision-making? In a new study, Dean Yang, professor of economics and public policy, and Aakash Mohpal, a U-M PhD alum, found that the two variables...
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Johnson criticizes poverty data during pandemic

Sep 15, 2021 Bloomberg Equality
During the pandemic, median real income dropped 2.9%, signaling a rise in poverty. But, according to David Johnson, director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and professor of public policy, "the data shows that the official poverty measure is...
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Stevenson discusses trade-off of ending unemployment benefits

Sep 14, 2021 Stateside
Millions have lost a source of income with the federal pandemic unemployment benefits ending. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says that while some people will return to work, not all will.  "I do not think that......
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Shaefer attributes low food insecurity to stimulus checks

Sep 10, 2021 The New York Times
New data reveals that food insecurity stayed low during the pandemic stayed at relatively low levels, which Luke Shaefer attributes to expanded government aid.  “We now have definitive evidence that food hardship is responsive to government aid....
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Cooney sees impact of expanded child tax credit

Sep 3, 2021 The Detroit News
The federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits are ending, but the expanded child tax credit plan was rolled out in July. After those first deposits, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a decline in food insecurity. "It’s heartening to see that expanded...
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Boost in SNAP benefits will help those most in need says Seefeldt

Sep 2, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
Starting Oct. 1, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be giving recipients a large increase in benefits that Kristin Seefeldt, associate professor of social work and public policy, says will help those most in need.  “We’ve...
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Stevenson's insight on ending unemployment benefits

Sep 1, 2021 CNBC
This weekend, millions of Americans will lose their federal unemployment benefits. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says that lawmakers need to consider employment effects, like decreases in spending. "People need the...
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Michelmore on a permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit

Aug 27, 2021 Marketplace
New evidence shows the federal expanded Child Tax Credit has had a positive impact on low-income families, decreasing childhood hunger and poverty. Those benefits are set to run out at the end of the year, but an extension is making its way through...
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Study paints grim picture for homeless Detroit students

Aug 24, 2021 Detroit Free Press
A new analysis released by Poverty Solutions paints a grim picture about homeless students in Detroit. It shows that they are more likely to miss school on a regular basis, less likely to graduate, suspended or expelled at higher rates than other...
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What's next in a post-pandemic economy? - Stevenson

Aug 3, 2021
As the economy and world attempts to return to normal with the help of the COVID-19 vaccine, a new normal -- from social norms to remote work -- is emerging. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently spoke with Project...
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Erb-Downward brings awareness to childhood homelessness

Aug 2, 2021 ClickOnDetroit: WDIV Local 4
With the pandemic exacerbating homelessness, Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate at U-M Poverty Solutions, is bringing attention to the problem of homelessness among children. “People tend to think about a single man living on the...
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Shaefer on why Child Tax Credit program will work

Jul 19, 2021 The New York Times
Last week, the first installment of the expanded Child Tax Credit program dropped into bank accounts. Many experts, including Luke Shaefer, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and inaugural director of Poverty...
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Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit

Jul 18, 2021
The recent flooding in the Detroit area has raised many issues for residents. Homes that were already in need of repairs were damaged even further. Detroiters don't want to move, but restricted government funds for home repairs are making that...