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Arloc Sherman
Sherman joined the Center as Senior Researcher in March 2004.

His work focuses on family income trends, income support policies, and the causes and consequences of poverty.

He is a specialist in the impact of poverty and public policy on child development and has written extensively about parental employment and unemployment, welfare reform, barriers to employment, family structure, the depth of poverty, racial inequality, tax policy for low-income families, and the special challenges affecting rural areas.

Sherman worked for 14 years as senior research associate at the Children’s Defense Fund, and was previously a researcher at the Center for Law and Social Policy.

He returns to the Center after a long absence, having also worked there in 1986 and 1987.

His book "Wasting America’s Future" was nominated for the 1994 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Entries by Arloc Sherman

Will Congress Shortchange the Census?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:57 PM

A key question as Congress finalizes funding for this fiscal year is whether it will give the Census Bureau what it needs to prepare for the next census in 2020. A House-passed funding bill from June fell far short, as we explained then. In its final spending measure,...

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Ryan Report Largely Ignores Anti-Poverty Programs' Long-Term Successes

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:54 PM

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's recent poverty report largely ignores evidence that anti-poverty programs can open doors of opportunity and yield lasting benefits for participants and society as a whole -- even when this evidence comes from the same researchers whom the report cites for other purposes.


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Emergency Jobless Benefits Cut-Off Has Hit Nearly 200,000 Veterans and Counting

(13) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Close to 200,000 veterans are among the 2 million unemployed workers who've lost access to federal jobless benefits since Congress allowed Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) to expire at the end of last year, CBPP estimates.

EUC provided additional weeks of unemployment benefits to people who were unable to find a...

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Why a Higher Minimum Wage Is a Net Win for Most Income Groups

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Here's a point about the minimum wage that hasn't received enough attention: A rise to $10.10, from the current $7.25, raises average incomes for roughly the bottom half of all Americans -- those with incomes up to $72,300 for a family of four, according to the new Congressional Budget Office...

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Hardship in America, 2013: Getting By Has Gotten Tougher

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:34 PM

As Thanksgiving approaches, we're taking a closer look at the hardships that many American families face in the weak economy, the programs that help them make ends meet and promote opportunity, and the threats that these programs are encountering.  In this first post in the series, we look at the...

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Most Poor Children Live in Households with Major Hardships

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 12:46 PM

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is an appropriate time to look at some new figures on hardship.  New CBPP analysis of monthly Census data finds that more than half (58 percent) of poor children last year lived in households that faced one or more of the following:

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Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Note: This is the first in a series of posts on extreme poverty that CBPP will do this week.

Living on less than $2 per person a day is one World Bank definition of poverty for developing nations.  Unfortunately, this threshold is...

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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 6:52 PM

We will issue a series of posts in the coming days that will look back at some of the major programs that helped struggling families during the year -- their goals, impact and issues facing policymakers in 2012. Today, we'll begin by setting...

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Extending Payroll Tax Cut Would Keep 1.1 Million People Out of Poverty

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 3:36 PM

The goal of a payroll tax holiday is to temporarily shore up consumer spending for working households; no one would mistake it for targeted antipoverty policy.  Yet, it does have the added benefit of reducing poverty.

Using Census Bureau data for 2010, I estimate that the current payroll tax holiday,...

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Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households With Major Hardships

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 2:22 PM

Note: With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Center thought this was a good time to look at the latest figures on various indicators of hardship. This is the first in a series of posts on this subject that CBPP will do this week.

Poverty rates rose in 2010 under a...

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Top 1% Leaving Others in the Dust

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 5:15 PM

After-tax incomes nearly quadrupled for the top 1 percent of Americans in the last three decades, while barely rising among middle- and lower-income households, according to new data from the Congressional Budget Office. Here's how different income groups did over that period:

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