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News & Events: April 2017

As we move into spring we have a number of upcoming talks to highlight, including both renowned “Mindset” researcher Carol Dweck , and former Bush administration welfare policy advisor Ron Haskins.  We also share a summary of recent Center research on the long term impacts of childhood access to the safety net.  Please read the newsletter and visit our website to learn more about our work supporting, producing, and disseminating the latest research on poverty.

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Upcoming Events

Event UC Davis Alumni Center, AGR Room

Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy: Will Evidence-Based Policy Improve Social Programs?
Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution

Ron Haskins is a Senior Fellow and holds the Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. He is also a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was the President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2016. Haskins is the co-author of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Evidence in Social Policy (2015) and the author of Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (2006).

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Policy Briefs

Safety Net Programs Have Long-term Benefits for Children in Poor Households
By Marianne Page, UC Davis

Poor children in the United States are less healthy than other children, which may be a central factor in why poverty persists across generations. Research approaches that use variation in public programs let researchers disentangle the effects of a program itself from other factors. These approaches confirm the broad benefits of safety net programs that target children’s health and nutrition. They also suggest that access to these programs in early life improves children’s economic well-being as adults, which likely transmits to the next generation.