The UC Davis Poverty Research and Policy Summit at UC Center Sacramento on April 22, 2016. The event brought together researchers, policymakers, practitioners and advocates to summarize and discuss the state of poverty research and public policy over the past decade, and how research can better inform policy in the decade to come.
Each session included presentations by the Center’s Faculty Affiliates and discussion by panels of public policy professionals. The sessions followed four key areas of research and policy: labor markets and poverty, the state of the safety net, children and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, and the intersections of poverty and immigration.
In this presentation, economist and Center for Poverty Research director Ann Huff Stevens discusses how stagnation of wages at the bottom of the US wage distribution over the past several decades and continuing low rates of full-time work, especially in single-parent households, often leave families below the official poverty threshold.
This presentation by UC Davis economist Marianne Page describes the mechanisms that lie behind the intergenerational transmission of poverty, the understanding of which is necessary in order to design effective policies to improve poor children’s life chances.
In this presentation, UC Davis sociologist Erin Hamilton discusses how being unauthorized or living in a mixed-status family where at least one member is unauthorized affects the wellbeing and incorporation of children of immigrants.
This presentation by UC Davis economist Marianne Bitler describes the US social safety net and the great strides made in understanding our reformulated safety net in the last decade, driven by a variety of advances in availability of new data, new sources of variation, and creative research designs.
This presentation features UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri discussing why immigrants from Mexico and Central America are more reliant on wages and less reliant on public safety net programs, yet are still much more likely to be poor than those born in the US.