Responding to the New Geography of Poverty

Posted by on February 27, 2011

The Metro Program has released a new analysis that compares trends in EITC receipt with changes in the size and location of the low-income population over the course of this decade (tax years 1999 to 2007).

The paper—Responding to the New Geography of Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the Earned Income Tax Credit—analyzes these trends across city, suburban, small metro area, and non-metropolitan communities, and presents detailed data on the 100 largest metro areas.  It finds that the EITC has proven to be an effective policy tool, responsive both to economic cycles—helping working families to weather downturns—and to the shifting geography of the working poor.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the new analysis, or any of the other resources available on our website:

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