Blog Post | Foreign Policy in the U.S. Presidential Debates

How voters’ personal suffering overtook reason—and brought us Donald Trump

June 25, 2016

The partiality of our consciences, our inability to care about all who have a proper claim upon our care, is not the result of a constraint upon our budgets, or more generally upon our institutions of politics and government. It is the result of a constraint upon our imaginations.

  • Podcast

    Invest in children for better outcomes

    May 27, 2016, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Fred Dews

  • Podcast

    Examining multidimensional poverty

    April 27, 2016, Elizabeth Kneebone, Adrianna Pita and Richard V. Reeves

  • In the News

    I think there’s a moral obligation to get a better handle on the condition of the poorest people in the country.

    August 30, 2014, Laurence Chandy, The Atlantic
  • In the News

    While the estimates we obtain vary, the fact that even some have millions of Americans living under $2 a day is alarming.

    August 27, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Slate
  • In the News

    If we measured poverty in the United States as if it was a developing country, we would conclude that no-one falls under the $2 threshold.

    August 26, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Financial Times
  • In the News

    The places that have high inequality almost by definition have a small middle class. There’s this crater in the middle; they’re trying to keep their cities affordable and livable for the middle class.

    April 6, 2014, Alan Berube, New York Times
  • Podcast

    America's War on Poverty Moves to the Suburbs

    January 22, 2014, Elizabeth Kneebone and Fred Dews

  • In the News

    When people think of poverty in America, they tend to think of inner city neighborhoods or isolated rural communities. But today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.

    May 20, 2013, Elizabeth Kneebone, CNNMoney.com
  • In the News

    Often low- and moderate-income families need a way to cash their check, they need a way to pay their bills, they need a way to save for the future, and they’ve cobbled together an interesting mix of bank and non-bank services to do that that are often more expensive and more costly than they need to be.

    February 18, 2013, Michael Barr, The Economist
  • In the News

    It’s the biggest expansion of Medicaid in a long time, and the biggest ever in terms of adults covered. Although the federal government is on the hook for most of the cost, Medicaid on the whole is one of the biggest items in state budgets and the fastest growing. So there are some understandable concerns about the financial implications and how implementation would work.

    January 28, 2013, Mark B. McClellan, The Associated Press

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