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Posts June 10, 2020

To target aid to the neediest families, we need to strengthen TANF

During the COVID-19 pandemic, broad-based income support through both direct checks and unemployment insurance have been essential in limiting the income losse…
Posts May 6, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has already left too many children hungry in America

In this blog post, Lauren Bauer documents new evidence from two nationally representative surveys that were initiated to provide up-to-date estimates of the co…
Posts March 23, 2020

COVID-19 and the US economy: FAQ on the economic impact & policy response

Jay Shambaugh offers answers to frequently asked questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy and the implementation of various fisc…
Posts March 2, 2020

What should a fiscal response to a COVID-19 outbreak look like?

Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh comments on the COVID-19 virus and how economic policies with automatic triggers can alleviate the financial burden of …
Posts February 26, 2020

Examining the Black-white wealth gap

A close examination of wealth in the U.S. finds evidence of staggering racial disparities.
Posts December 5, 2019

Who was poor in the US in 2018?

The Hamilton Project analyzes the characteristics and labor force participation of Americans who were living in poverty in 2018. Researchers found that althoug…
Policy Proposals March 15, 2019

Addressing modern debtors’ prisons with graduated economic sanctions that depend on ability to pay

The use of monetary sanctions to punish crimes ranging from minor traffic or public order offenses to the most serious felonies is ubiquitous in the United Sta…
Economic Facts March 15, 2019

Nine facts about monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system

Interacting with the criminal justice system is an expensive proposition. Its reliance on bail to encourage return after pretrial release, on fines to punish a…
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