AEI scholars will engage in a body of work focused on the experiences of low-income individuals and families, including the economic consequences of COVID-19. A grant from Ascend supports research on the following issues: unemployment benefit policies and reforms enacted in response to the pandemic and their effects on income, employment, and job creation; the relationship between paid leave, childcare, and safety net policies on the economic stability of low-income families and children; and the implications of parental employment and government benefit use on the long-term trajectory of poor children from single-mother families. These findings will be disseminated to policymakers, other researchers, and the general public. In the wake of our nation’s current public health and economic crisis stemming from the pandemic, this proposed work seeks to promote policies that better prepare families for economic shocks, encourage work and promote future job creation, and remove barriers by providing opportunities for lower-income Americans to flourish.

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In the last year, families have endured and adapted to myriad unknowns, and too often they’ve had to figure it out without basic support and resources. Yet, as new research conducted by Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) discovered, there is widespread support across political ideologies for solutions that …

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BlogFebruary 8, 2021
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BlogJuly 28, 2020
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Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute  Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity  Aspen Institute Launches New Partners and Advisors in Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community  Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute is proud to announce the new partners and advisors the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational …

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BlogJuly 22, 2020
For Immediate Release Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Tel: 202.721.5596 Bold Leaders To Collaborate for New Family Economic Security Strategies Aspen Institute Names Inaugural Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community Washington, DC – The Aspen Institute announced the selection of six of the boldest organizations leading the family economic security field as …

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