Poverty Persists for Half of Babies Born Poor

Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences
By: Caroline Ratcliffe and Signe-Mary McKernan
Source: Urban Institute

Abstract

Already off to a tough start in life, 49 percent of American babies born into poor families will be poor for at least half their childhoods, a new Urban Institute study finds. Among children who are not poor at birth, only 4 percent will be “persistently” poor as children.

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