The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

landmark report last year from the National Academy of Sciences showed early deprivation leaves lasting scars — poor children on average are less healthy as adults, lower earnings and higher arrest rates. … It also found that safety net programs, by raising incomes, reduced the damage. “The weight of the evidence shows additional resources help kids,” said Greg Duncan, an economist at the University of California-Irvine who led the study group.