Families on a Fault Line? The Risk of Poverty When a Child Joins the Home
- Many families live with economic risk. If every US family added a child, an additional 5.2 percent of families would become poor.
- Dramatic income increases are required to mitigate risk. For families near the fault line, a 25% increase in household income is necessary to offset the addition of a child.
- Dynamics are unequal across groups. Family characteristics associated with high poverty are also associated with increased risk of becoming poor after adding a child. Families most at risk are black and Hispanic families, families with children, less-educated families, and those living in rural or highly urban settings.
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