On August 30, the Census Bureau will release its closely watched annual report on poverty and family income. To discuss the new data and its implications for families and policymakers, Brookings Welfare Reform & Beyond initiative will hold a briefing for press and the public.
According to previous reports, poverty declined every year between 1993 and 2000, reaching its lowest level ever for black children, but then increased slightly during 2001, 2002 and 2003. A bipartisan panel of experts with a broad range of opinions will offer their reactions to the new 2004 data, as well as their perspectives on its significance. Panelists will also address the larger questions prompted by the numbers, including what impact the economy is having on various population groups and types of families.
Professor and Director, Welfare Reform Academy, University of Maryland
CEO, Executive Director, Center for Urban Families, Baltimore
Former Under Secretary for Economic Affairs U.S. Department of Commerce
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U.S. inequality is largely explained by the top of the income distribution pulling away from the rest—the rich getting richer. At the same time, incomes for lower and middle class Americans have stalled.