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Caroline Ratcliffe

Senior Fellow

I like that my professional work connects with the real world and underserved and vulnerable groups. The playing field isn’t level, and the path to economic security and success can be arduous. It gives me satisfaction that my research can inform and improve programs and policies aimed at helping low-income families and children.

Research report

The earned income tax credit (EITC) is the most effective antipoverty program targeted to working-age households, delivering $60 annually. Critics note a relatively high error rate – with errors often stemming from complicated rules about who counts as a “qualifying child”. We analyze data from...

September 30, 2015
Elaine Maag, Mike Pergamit, Devlin Hanson, Caroline Ratcliffe, Sara Edelstein, Sarah Minton
Research report

The federal government channels much of its support for asset building through the tax code. Asset-building tax subsidies, primarily for homeownership and retirement saving, totaled $384 billion in 2013. This report reviews federal tax expenditures for housing, retirement, savings, business...

March 7, 2014
Benjamin H. Harris, C. Eugene Steuerle, Signe-Mary McKernan, Caleb Quakenbush, Caroline Ratcliffe

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