American Enterprise Institute: Poverty in the wake of the pandemic-induced recession

Author: Leigh Lynes

Evidence is mounting that low-income Americans have experienced a disproportionate share of employment pains during the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. How has this affected poverty in recent months? Did the CARES Act shield vulnerable people from poverty? Moving forward, how can policymakers help reduce poverty and reconnect Americans to the labor market?

Through the lens of LEO research on poverty and Covid-19, LEO faculty affiliates Bruce Meyer and Melissa Kearney joined AEI to discuss the state of poverty in America during this challenging season, as well as steps policymakers can take to alleviate hardship and increase opportunity in the months and years ahead.

Watch the discussion.