Poverty & Public Policy


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Why would a higher minimum not move more individuals out of poverty?

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1. Which of the following is a proposed policy for reducing poverty?

2. How could a food stamp program help to reduce poverty?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet help you test your knowledge of public policies used to reduce poverty. You will be quizzed on existing and proposed policies aimed at alleviating poverty.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these questions to be sure you understand:

  • The benefits of a food stamp program in reducing poverty
  • Policies that have been proposed to reduce poverty
  • Subsidies given to low income earners in the U.S.

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what state of poverty exists in the U.S.
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what effect a higher minimum wage could have on poverty
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how food stamps could help reduce poverty
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different poverty reduction measures and how effective they can be

Additional Learning

For more information about these types of programs, read the lesson titled Poverty & Public Policy. It will help you explore:

  • Current U.S. food assistance programs
  • Grants and scholarships available to low income earners and their children
  • Examples of a deadweight loss