Economics

Expand the Best Program to Fight Poverty

The earned-income tax credit encourages work. How about raising it?

There's a better way.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

One problem with smart economic policy is that few people are willing to go out in the street and protest in favor of the optimal solution. Folks will march for a $15 minimum wage. They’ll join campaigns like Fight for $15, and donate their hard-earned money to the cause. They’ll engage their skeptical friends in fiery debates on Facebook and Twitter.

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