The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis seeks applications from graduate students who are interested in visiting the Center in order to expand their understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty. The Center anticipates hosting up to four graduate students during fall quarter 2013.
We seek applications from Ph.D. students in a variety of disciplines, including economics, psychology, sociology, social work, public policy and graduate schools of law and education, with research interests in our core research areas:
The Center awards up to 5 grants of up to $20,000 each for research in our priority research areas. Preference is given to junior scholars from all disciplines, both quantitative and qualitative research proposals are welcomed. Awardees will present their findings the following year at our annual conference.
Kevin Gee received his doctorate from Harvard University. His previous position was as a lecturer at the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His research interests focus on the role that children’s health plays in their ability to learn. He also brings strong expertise in large-scale program evaluation.
Linking income and health has been a notorious challenge for researchers. With multiple sources of income such as earnings, cash transfer and near cash transfer programs, it is difficult to isolate their effects on health. The 1993 expansion to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the largest and most recent of federal expansions to date, provided researchers a unique opportunity.