Center on Poverty and Social Policy Releases Joint Report on Impacts of a National Jobs Program

June 11, 2019 @ 6:34 pm

Co-authored with Georgetown University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality, the report explores a federally subsidized approach to combating poverty that has been promoted by several Democratic presidential primary candidates.

Jobs are at the heart of our nation’s debates around poverty and economic security. In recent months, several policy makers have discussed proposals for ambitious jobs programs, including Representative Ro Khanna, and Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders.

CPSP logoThis week, Columbia’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy and Georgetown’s Center on Poverty and Inequality released a joint report that examined how a national subsidized jobs program would affect poverty rates. Their analysis is modeled on the comprehensive employment program put forth by California Rep. Ro Khanna.

Findings indicate that such a program would reach millions of U.S. workers left behind in today’s economy, reducing the poverty rate among participants by nearly half. Results also show a marked aggregate reduction in the national poverty rate.

You can read the report in its entirety here.