Samuel Hammond

Samuel Hammond is the Director of Poverty and Welfare Policy at the Niskanen Center.


Extending the Child Tax Credit to Undocumented Immigrants Is Playing with Fire Share This

Sep 29, 2021

Buried within the Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package is a provision to extend the recently expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) to undocumented immigrants. This would be a grave mistake, and I say that as both a supporter of the CTC expansion and as a proponent of more liberal immigration.

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Seeing Like a Pro-Family State Share This

Feb 24, 2021

Addressing our fertility and family-formation crises will require us to push the boundaries of family policy and embrace a whole-of-society approach.

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How to Raise the Minimum Wage, If You Must Share This

Feb 23, 2021

Let’s peg the federal minimum wage to state median wages.

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The Future Really is Faction Share This

Jan 30, 2021

Democrats and Republicans alike should feel free to contradict their putative leaders, for they contain multitudes.

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Asymptotic Freedom Share This

Jan 17, 2021

Far from being on a censorship slipper-slope, Big Tech will soon lose their ability to confine our interactions altogether.

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“It’s my %$!#ing money” and the hollow populism of stimulus checks Share This

Dec 29, 2020

“Checks” risks becoming the rallying cry for a hollow form of populism, one that seeks to merely extract value for the masses rather than build something new and permanent.

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Families deserve dedicated relief. Senator Hawley to the rescue? Share This

Dec 07, 2020

The pandemic has placed an enormous burden on the lives of parents and children in particular.

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Paid Family Leave Can Help Combat the Coming Covid Baby Bust Share This

Nov 30, 2020

International evidence shows Paid Family Leave programs can boost fertility rates.

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How Judy Shelton’s call for a new Bretton Woods duped pro-worker conservatives Share This

Nov 23, 2020

The 1990s called. They want Judy Shelton’s bankrupt ideology back.

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Social Media is an Engineering Disaster Waiting to Happen Share This

Oct 20, 2020

Fake news pales in its power to real news presented with misleading frequency.

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No, the New Deal Wasn’t Racist Share This

Oct 12, 2020

Re: The New Deal Wasn’t Intrinsically Racist

Save for the Civil Rights Act, no single federal policy or program has done more to advance racial equity than Social Security.

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The Impoverished Debate Over Section 230 Share This

Jul 13, 2020

It’s more nuanced than you think.

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