The Census Bureau’s latest poverty statistics show that last year 13.5 percent of Americans still lived below the federal poverty line. The official poverty rate is a valuable measure of how well we as a nation ensure opportunity for those who earn the least. However, just as important is understanding why the poverty rate has not changed, how it affects those who are poor and what policies can make a difference.
The new Census Bureau report on poverty, to be released on Sept. 13th, will tell us the new poverty rate and details about who is poor in the United States. The Center for Poverty Research is preparing a number of responses to share what research shows can help end poverty for millions of individuals and families.
Center for Poverty Research faculty affiliates are available to comment for stories related to all aspects of poverty in the United States. Contact the Center if you have specific request for one of our faculty not on this list.
It can be hard to plan for basic needs, like paying rent or taking care of your kids, if you don’t know when you’ll be working next week or just how many hours you will be needed.
A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that an unpredictable work week is the norm for growing numbers of low-wage workers — nearly 40 percent of whom worked variable hours for at least one four-month period after the start of the 2007-2009 Great Recession.
Center for Poverty Research executive committee member Jacob Hibel has won a grant to study how schools adapt to a sharp increase in immigrant families, which will help develop interventions to help low-income kids who may have trouble catching up to their peers.
A UC Davis economist and Center for Poverty Research Faculty Affiliate is taking part in an evaluation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
The project is being conducted by a committee organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Its goal is to see if the redesigned WIC food packages meet the goals of the program, which are to protect the health of women, infants, and young children who are at risk of poor nutrition.
Three of last year’s Visiting Graduate Scholars presented a joint project with a poster at the 2015 Fall Research Conference hosted by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
The poster, “Moonlighting to Make Ends Meet: The Impact of Multiple Job Holding on Household Economic Wellbeing,” by Jennifer Scott, Alexandra Stanczyk and Kathryn Ann Edwards, described how holding multiple jobs can reduce poverty by increasing family income.
By Ben Hinshaw, Institute for Social Sciences — Welfare has long been the subject of heated debate. On November 6, 2015, Manasi Deshpande continued that debate at a seminar hosted by the Center for Poverty Research. Focusing on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Deshpande, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago, presented her recent paper “Does Welfare Inhibit Success? The Long-Term Effects of Removing Low-Income Youth from Disability Insurance.”
DAVIS, Calif. — Center for Poverty Research faculty affiliates in education and economics have been awarded nearly $5 million to find out how well the state prepares K-12 students for college and careers.
DAVIS, Calif. — In this new video series released by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Faculty Affiliates discuss some of the causes and consequences of poverty in the U.S. as well as possible solutions suggested by research from across academic disciplines.
DAVIS, Calif. — Eight undergraduates visiting UC Davis from historically black colleges and universities capped off their summer research experience with presentations on schools, stress and child development, trauma and memory and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in public health and poverty policy research and teaching.
The latest portrait of poverty in California: Find out which groups and regions are bearing the brunt of living in the country’s highest-poverty state and how well the safety net is working to reduce poverty.
DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis graduate students affiliated with the Center for Poverty Research have recently won a number of prestigious fellowships for their research.
This year, fellowships graduate student affiliates have won include the UC Davis Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowships and the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship.
When our three new undergraduates arrived last January to start their Public Policy Fellowships at the Center for Poverty Research, they had no idea what they were getting into, and only a vague sense of what they would accomplish by summer. All they had was potential and an interest in poverty policy.
“When I applied for the fellowship,” says Alex Matsiras, a managerial economics major, “I was taking a class about poverty in the world so I thought it’d be interesting.”
DAVIS, Calif. — Center director Ann Huff Stevens has been appointed interim dean of the Graduate School of Management.
Stevens will continue to direct the center but will give up her position as chair of the Department of Economics. She will serve as dean until the position is filled permanently, but will not be a candidate for the job. Stevens’ appointment is effective October 1.
STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality featured work by Center for Poverty Research directors and affiliates in their summer 2014 issue of Pathways magazine. The articles by Ann Stevens, Marianne Page, Giovanni Peri and Hilary Hoynes, focused on aspects of labor markets ranging from immigrants to job loss to safety net programs.
DAVIS, Calif. — The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research has launched a program to host undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for summer experiences with poverty research and mentorship toward academic careers.
DAVIS, Calif. – American Winter, a documentary feature film on American poverty, was screened at UC Davis on May 22, accompanied by a resource fair and panel discussion moderated by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.
DAVIS, Calif. — More than 60 women leaders from the Sacramento region convened at UC Davis in March to discuss the complex challenges women face in the workplace with an eye toward policy that could affect the nation.
DAVIS, Calif. — In his novel The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck made famous the image of poor farming families fleeing a land that turned against them to seek better lives in California. Drought, regular economic shocks and persistent rural poverty nationwide are just a few reasons the rural poor that Steinbeck portrayed continue to struggle today.
DAVIS, Calif. — Amid the 500-plus pages of the newly released Shriver Report on poverty among women, you will find the Thrive Index, the work of UC Davis economics professor Ann Huff Stevens with research assistance from MBA students in the Graduate School of Management.
Stevens is chair of the Department of Economics and director of the Center for Poverty Research. Read about the center’s recent two-day conference marking the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s War on Poverty.
In January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched America’s War on Poverty — a battle today that is not so much won or lost, but a continuing movement.
As members of that effort, UC Davis faculty who research poverty have written that safety-net programs initiated with the War on Poverty such as Head Start and food stamps have made a difference in the lives of the poor.
But the Great Recession has resulted in reduced funding for many of these core programs.
Jan. 8 marks the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrative is just as wrong. The real story with some fundamental facts highlighted is more complex than simple wins and losses, and long overdue.
More bad news, it seems, on student debt: A new report from the Institute for College Access and Success shows that more students are borrowing, and those who do are borrowing more. For California, however, there is a silver lining. The report shows California has the second-lowest level of student borrowing in the nation.
DAVIS, Calif. — The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis hosted top health care experts from across the country to discuss the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what the health care expansion means for poor and low income families in the U.S.
The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis hosted top health care experts from across the country to discuss the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what the health care expansion means for poor and low income families in the U.S.
These three projects won more than $1.3 million in the funding this past June to support interdisciplinary research projects led by Center for Poverty Research director Ann Huff Stevens, deputy director Marianne Page, and faculty affiliate Giovanni Peri.
DAVIS, Calif. — The conference “Poverty and the Long-term Effects of Early Life Experiences,” hosted by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, gathered over a hundred attendees to hear and discuss new research across the social science disciplines on the long-term impacts of poverty in early life.
DAVIS, Calif. — Emerging poverty researchers from across the country presented findings from their Center for Poverty Research Small Grants-funded studies at the 2011-2012 Small Grants Recipients Conference on Friday, April 26, 2013.
DAVIS, Calif. — Dr. Ron Haskins, the former White House and congressional advisor who was instrumental in the 1996 overhaul of national welfare policy, is the Center for Poverty Research Winter Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UC Davis this February.
DAVIS, Calif. — The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis hosted an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, educators and policymakers to discuss new research on community colleges and the role they play in workforce development. The conference took place on January 11, 2013.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review held hearings in December 2011 on the problem of inequality and the potential role of state government. Center for Poverty Research Director Ann Huff Stevens testified, along with researchers from a variety of universities and institutes throughout the state.