New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity and MDRC have launched a path-breaking demonstration project that is rigorously testing a new earnings supplement for low-income single adults — mostly men — with the goal of promoting work and reducing poverty. A direct response to the downward trend in employment, wages, and earnings among the least skilled, the project will simulate an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income single workers without dependent children.
On November 14, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings held a forum to introduce the experiment and analyze its possible effects. The event opened with an overview of the demonstration by Gordon Berlin, president of MDRC. A keynote address by Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) followed. A panel of experts then discussed the project and its implications for national policy.
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