U.S. Child-Poverty Crisis Spurs Stepped-Up Efforts in Congress

Author: Leigh Lynes

Covid-19 pushed the child poverty rate to 16.6% in December from 15.3% right before the pandemic began, according to an analysis from University of Chicago economist Bruce Meyer, University of Notre Dame’s James Sullivan from LEO, and Zhejiang University’s Jeehoon Han. Overall, poverty rates last year rose by the most in more than 50 years, their analysis found.

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