Poverty: Facts, Causes and Consequences Hilary Hoynes University of California, Davis California Symposium on Poverty October 2009 In 2008, more than 1 in 6 children lived in poverty and 13.2 percent of all persons were poor. These numbers are expected to be higher in 2009.
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California Symposium on Poverty
By comparison, 2008 median family income was $52,000.
Caution: It is difficult to know the role played by poverty in these correlations. There are many other factors involved.
Changes from 2000 to 2008
CA is here
Source: Autor, Katz and Kearney (2008)
Source: Debbie Reed, PPIC
Income support (welfare) programs are unlikely to affect poverty rates for two reasons:
[This does not mean the program is not important or useful. Rather that it simply should not affect poverty rates.]
On the eve of welfare reform and EITC increases, much attention is given to the low employment rates of single mothers.
Beginning in 1992—dramatic increases in employment for single mothers, with little change for other women