State of the States: The Poverty and Inequality Report

Feb 02, 2015
  • Description

This report documents trends across eight key domains and evaluates their implications for efforts to reduce poverty and inequality and equalize opportunity. This report provides a unified analysis that brings together evidence across eight key domains, thereby allowing a global assessment of where problems exist, where achievements are evident, and how a coordinated effort to reduce poverty and equalize opportunity might be undertaken. This report is focused on state-level variation in key poverty and inequality outcomes, a focus that is motivated by the country's long-standing commitment to a decentralized approach to school policy, safety net policy, housing policy, and even labor market policy. This decentralization has allowed states to develop their own constellation of institutions and practices that may in turn result in very different poverty and inequality profiles.