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Berger, Lawrence M.; Font, Sarah A. – Future of Children, 2015
Families influence their children's health in two ways that are amenable to public policy- through their financial and other investments in children, and through the quality of care that they provide. In general, children who receive more resources or better parenting are healthier than those who don't. Public policies, therefore, might improve…
Descriptors: Family Role, Family Programs, Disadvantaged, Child Health
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Boushey, Heather – Future of Children, 2011
The foundations of the major federal policies that govern today's workplace were put in place during the 1930s, when most families had a stay-at-home caregiver who could tend to the needs of children, the aged, and the sick. Seven decades later, many of the nation's workplace policies are in need of major updates to reflect the realities of the…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Government Role, Public Policy, Working Hours
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Tyler, John H.; Lofstrom, Magnus – Future of Children, 2009
John Tyler and Magnus Lofstrom take a close look at the problems posed when students do not complete high school. The authors begin by discussing the ongoing, sometimes heated, debate over how prevalent the dropout problem is. They note that one important reason for discrepancies in reported dropout rates is whether holders of the General…
Descriptors: High School Students, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Global Approach
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Berlin, Gordon L. – Future of Children, 2007
Gordon Berlin discusses the nation's long struggle to reduce poverty in families with children, and proposes a counterintuitive solution--rewarding the work of individuals. He notes that policymakers' difficulty in reducing family poverty since 1973 is attributable to two intertwined problems--falling wages among low-skilled workers and the…
Descriptors: Wages, Poverty, Taxes, Tax Credits
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Cawley, John – Future of Children, 2006
In examining the childhood obesity epidemic from the perspective of economics, John Cawley looks at both possible causes and possible policy solutions that work through markets. The operation of markets, says Cawley, has contributed to the recent increase in childhood overweight in three main ways. First, the real price of food fell. In…
Descriptors: Food Service, Obesity, Physical Activities, Nutrition
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Carasso, Adam; Steuerle, C. Eugene – Future of Children, 2005
Over the past seventy years Congress has enacted dozens of tax and transfer programs, giving little if any attention to the marriage subsidies and penalties that they inadvertently impose. Although the programs affect both rich and poor Americans, the penalties fall most heavily on low- or moderate-income households with children. In this article,…
Descriptors: Transfer Programs, Tax Rates, Income, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Allen, MaryLee; Bissell, Mary – Future of Children, 2004
Even though federal laws have had a major influence on foster care and child welfare policy for more than 40 years, additional reforms are needed to ensure safe and stable families for children in care. This article describes the complex array of policies that shape federal foster care and observes: A number of federal policies addressing issues…
Descriptors: Safety, Courts, Child Welfare, Foster Care