The Chronicle of Social Change

Want to Help Poor Children? Give Their Caregivers Cash

The level of inequality in the U.S. is far above that in other rich countries. The poorest 10 percent of Americans get a mere 1.6 percent of total cash income, own earnings and government transfers included. In comparison, France and Sweden’s poor receive more than twice as much. Economist and assistant professor Ioana Marinescu examines how these economic factors impact child welfare—and how we can address it—in a recent Chronicle of Social Change article.