Americans at the top of the income distribution are getting richer, while wages among the rest of the population are either stagnant or falling. But poverty rates differ a lot by family type– including which and how many parents are actively involved in the family. Education and work are also important factors.
“Which Families Are Poor and Why?” released in September 2016 explores the evidence and suggestions for improving opportunity and reducing poverty among struggling families. It draws heavily from a recent report by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)/Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity, a working group of top poverty experts from across the political spectrum, which highlights differences in three major factors—education, work and wages, and family—which are associated with whether families are poor.