Did the enhanced child tax credit really reduce household poverty?

Early studies find that the enhanced credit reduced childhood poverty and food insufficiency.
"The expanded child tax credit did not have a negative short-term employment effect that offset its documented reductions in poverty and hardship," said Chris Farrell, Marketplace senior economics contributor.
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Crypto has the attention of the president. What now?

Mar 10, 2022
Biden's executive order calls for first-of-its-kind regulation of cryptocurrency.
The president's executive order on cryptocurrency calls for the U.S. to become a leader in its understanding and use.
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What is the PCE price index?

May 27, 2021
The personal consumer expenditures price index is one of the Fed's favorite tools for tracking inflation.
When the price of beef rises and people switch to chicken for a few weeks? The PCE tracks that change.
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What if jobless benefit boosts didn't need congressional approval?

Feb 22, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, federal unemployment benefits have had expiration dates. Some economists think there's a better way.
President Joe Biden discussing his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation.
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U.S. economists win Nobel Prize for auction theory work

The winning economists designed auctions that allow for multiple bids over a period of time.
U.S. economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Prize in economics work on commercial auctions, including for goods and services difficult to sell in traditional ways such as radio frequencies, the Nobel Committee said.
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Is it too late to fill out your 2020 census?

Jun 2, 2020
You now have until mid-August to respond to the census if you haven't yet.
The federal government will use census data to distribute almost a trillion dollars in grants and loans.
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Native American tribes, facing COVID-19 surges, need more medical, financial aid

May 8, 2020
The federal government sent billions of dollars in aid this week, but tribes say it’s not enough.
COVID-19 cases in the Navajo Nation are expected to peak in the next week or two.
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Why small business loans for COVID-19 relief may be delayed

The federal government's guidelines for banks only went out Thursday night — hours before the program was supposed to start.
Can banks really start writing emergency loans to small businesses today as expected?
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The U.S. is relaxing rules for medical professionals working across state lines

Both the states and federal government are lowering the barriers to physicians and nurses practicing in other states.
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How much do government shutdowns really cost?

Sep 27, 2019
Many indirect costs are not counted in official estimates.
Protesters hold signs during a protest rally by government workers and concerned citizens against the government shutdown on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Post Office Square near the Federal building, headquarters for the EPA and IRS in Boston. The rally was organized by The American Federation of Government Employees. New England has 516 EPA employees that is now down to a staff of 22.
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