The Increase in the Number of Families Living in Poverty

At a recent event, Ron Haskins discussed poverty in the United States, stating that the United States is in a long-term pattern of increasing poverty, with numbers rising almost continuously over the last decade.

He detailed the impact of demographic trends on poverty rates, examining how the growth in the number of families headed by single mothers has complicated the fight against poverty, as these families are more likely than married couples to be in poverty, and arguing that anti-poverty policy need to address this issue to be successful.