How to reduce poverty and increase economic mobility

Source: Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution, Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Nutrition, October 27, 2015

I have been invited to talk with you about what this Subcommittee could do to reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. I begin with a brief word about the problem; namely, how difficult it has been reduce the poverty rate. This leads to an overview of one of the most successful government reforms to reduce poverty, the welfare reform law of 1996 and its impacts on work rates and poverty. I then turn to review of what this Subcommittee could do to replicate the success of welfare reform while avoiding its most important problem…..