The Opportunity Dividend™

In the nation’s 51 largest metro areas, the median public expenditure on Medicaid, food stamps and assistance to families including the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and other state administered general assistance was $19,000 per person living in poverty in 2010. At this level, the national Opportunity Dividend, resulting from a one percentage point reduction in poverty, is calculated at $31 billion per year