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Weighing the Benefits of a Universal vs. Targeted Child Safety Net

  • Christopher Wimer and James Ziliak
  • May 17 2017
  • W33-2017

This webinar will explore the merits of universal versus targeted approaches to improving the safety net: Christopher Wimer of Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy will discuss a plan for a Universal Child Allowance similar to that of many other developed countries, which has the potential to cut child poverty nearly in half. Then, James Ziliak of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research will discuss a proposal that would convert the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to a refundable credit that would work in tandem with the EITC to improve child well being and to make work pay for low-income families.


Child Poverty, Children, Early Childhood Care & Education, Economic Support, Education & Training, Employment, Family & Partnering, Labor Market, Low-Wage Work, Means-Tested Programs