On September 13th, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on income and poverty in the United States. The report documents how many Americans are poor and who they are. What it does not tell us is how we got here or how we can do better.
Join the conversation with leading experts on U.S. poverty and contribute to how we as a nation can increase opportunity for all.
David Frisvold, a small grants recipient, will be presenting his work as part of our seminar series.
David E. Frisvold is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Iowa. Professor Frisvold’s research agenda explores the role for government policies to enhance education and health outcomes, with an emphasis on policies targeted towards low-income children. His research has focused on the School Breakfast, Head Start, SNAP, and now WIC programs.
David Figlio is the Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics. Figlio conducts research on a wide range of education and health policy issues from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and policy design.
Figlio’s work has been published in numerous leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, and Journal of Human Resources.
Peter Bergman is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Bergman’s research uses randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to find low-cost, scalable interventions that improve education outcomes.
David Pedulla, a small grants recipient, will be presenting his work as part of our seminar series.
David Pedulla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include race and gender stratification, labor markets, economic and organizational sociology, and experimental methods.
Edith Chen’s research seeks to understand why poverty is associated with poor physical health outcomes in children, with a focus on the psychological and biological mechanisms that explain these relationships. She is also interested in questions of resilience—that is, why some children who come from adversity manage to thrive and maintain good profiles of health.
Anna Gassman-Pines, a small grants recipient, will be presenting her work as part of our seminar series. Gassman-Pines is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology and Neuroscience at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is also Faculty Fellow of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy.
Center Director Ann Stevens is presenting as part of the Campus Community Book Project series of events. The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness.
Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
Manasi Deshpande is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Deshpande’s research interests include the effects of social insurance and public assistance programs on consumption, health, and well being, and the interaction between these programs and labor markets. Her dissertation work studied the long-term effects of welfare programs on the labor market outcomes of children in adulthood and on household labor supply and disability receipt.
Bradley Hardy is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes.
David Harding is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Harding studies poverty and inequality, urban neighbborhoods, education, incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and quantitative methods.
In this Institute for Social Sciences Noon Lecture, Doug Miller will discuss his ongoing research on Head Start and evaluate his recent findings. This Lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Poverty Research.
Doug Miller is an Associate Professor of Economics at UC Davis. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2000. He is a research affiliate of the Center for Poverty Research, and serves as a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research.
This interdisciplinary conference will present new research in the area of college access and persistence, including findings from recent randomized control trials of targeted interventions for low income students. The conference will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss a variety of technical and methodological challenges in implementing interventions across a diverse set of educational settings, as well as in scaling up interventions.
Mitchell H. Katz, MD is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the second largest health system in the nation. Previously, he was the Director of Health for the City and County of San Francisco for thirteen years, where he implemented the Healthy San Francisco program, which was the United States’ first municipal universal health care system. In 2012, Katz was awarded the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award for his contributions to the health care field.
Harry Holzer is a professor of public policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Over most of his career, Professor Holzer’s research has focused primarily on the low-wage labor market, and particularly the problems of minority workers in urban areas. In recent years he has worked on the quality of jobs as well as workers in the labor market, and how job quality affects the employment prospects of the disadvantaged as well as worker inequality and insecurity more broadly.
The conference brings together the world’s leading scholars, policymakers, journalists and people from the business world, who will provide the facts and in-depth understanding to inform immigration policies. A group of policy advisors and experts will then provide their perspective on the present and future of immigration reforms in the US.
You’re invited! On February 2, the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality will host the State of the Union Conference on Poverty and Inequality. The feature presentation: The Poverty and Inequality Report 2015. Authored by the country’s top experts, the report will compare the 50 states on key data across eight domains: labor markets, poverty, income inequality, mobility, health, education, segregation, and the safety net. For more information or to RSVP, contact email@example.com.
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The Poverty and Place conference will bring together scholars from across many disciplines—sociology, economics, law, education, social work, geography, planning—to present and discuss their work on the ways in which space and place inflect various dimensions of poverty.
Kathleen Short began working at the Census Bureau in 1984 after receiving her doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. From 1991 to 1999, she served as chief of the Poverty and Health Statistics Branch and is currently conducting research on improving statistical measures of poverty.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is transitioning from its traditional paper and pencil based assessments to a technology-based assessment administered via tablet for all assessments by 2017. Building on the foundation of NAEP as the gold standard in large-scale student assessment, NAEP’s goal is to leverage technology to continue its role as a leader and innovator in the field. Dr.
Celeste Carruthers is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on the economics of education with emphases on higher education, historic education finance, public policy analysis, and applied econometrics. She is an affiliated researcher with the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), and she is a faculty advisor to fellows in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Strategic Data Project.
Price Fishback is a Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. Professor Fishback is involved in a long-term study of the political economy of Roosevelt’s New Deal during the 1930s. The research examines both the determinants of New Deal spending and loans and their impact on local economies throughout the U.S.
The newest faculty member in Human Development, Daniel Choe, will be giving a talk at the developmental brown bag on October 9th entitled: Early Neighborhood Poverty and Children’s School-Age Conduct Problems: Latent Class Growth Analysis of Neighborhood Deprivation. It will be held in Young Hall Room 166 from 12:10 to 1pm.
California has a great deal of administrative data on residents and all employees. DSS and EDD staff have asked to meet with interested faculty and grad students to get feed back on a proposed methodology to determine why relatively few poor Californians participate in Cal Fresh (Food Stamps). The purpose of the meeting is to provide feedback to DSS and learn about administrative data.
On June 12, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) will host Paternal Incarceration and Child Wellbeing, a Webinar featuring our current Emerging Scholar, Dr. Kristin Turney. More than 2.6 million children have an incarcerated parent, most of them for nonviolent offenses. Dr. Turney will discuss collateral consequences of paternal incarceration, including findings from two ongoing research projects that examine the relationship between paternal incarceration and harm to child wellbeing. Dr.
Please join us for a special free screening of the HBO documentary “American Winter” sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Yolo211, the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services, and Supervisor Don Saylor’s Office.
David Autor is a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics, Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Affiliate of the Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives published by the American Economic Association.
His current fields of specialization include labor market impacts of technological change and globalization, earnings inequality, disability insurance and labor supply, and temporary help and other intermediated work arrangements.
Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck putting out fires? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These seemingly unconnected questions are surprisingly joined by a single psychology of scarcity. The research in our book shows how scarcity–of any kind–creates its own mindset. Understanding this mindset helps illuminate behavior in nearly every walk of life.
Dr. Stephanie M. Jones, is the Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor of Human Development and Urban Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jones is a developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the longitudinal effects of poverty and exposure to violence on social and emotional development in early childhood and adolescence.
Herman van de Werfhorst is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS, http://www.amcis.uva.nl/) which is a collaborative research centre of the University of Amsterdam and FreeUniversity Amsterdam, and is sponsored by a Research Focal Point of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of UvA.
The “War on Poverty” was launched fifty years ago this January, 2014. To mark this event, the Center for Poverty Research will be holding a conference from Thursday, January 9 – Friday, January 10th, 2014 on the UC Davis Campus.
January 8, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of “unconditional War on Poverty.” Today, 15 percent of Americans live in poverty today and yet no Administration or Congress since the Johnson era has made fighting poverty a top priority.
Exactly 50 years after President Johnson’s declaration, you are invited to join us for a forum that will offer diverse perspectives on the effects of anti-poverty policies in the U.S. in areas such as educational attainment, employment, earnings and living standards and health over the past five decades and in the years to come.
The California Endowment and GRACE will co-convene on Monday, December 16th for the policy conference “California’s Crisis: Ending Child Poverty” with key note speaker Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Socioeconomic disadvantage confers risk for ill health. Historically, the mechanisms by which socioeconomic disadvantage may affect health have been viewed from different epidemiological perspectives. None of these perspectives, however, have yet to formally integrate emerging findings from neuroscience studies demonstrating that socioeconomic indicators relate to patterns of brain neurotransmission, brain morphology, and brain functionality implicated in the etiology of chronic medical conditions and psychological disorders.
Caroline Hoxby is the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University, the Director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Brian Melzer is an assistant professor in the Finance Department at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research interests include household finance, financial institutions and financial regulation. His recent work examines the investment choices of heavily indebted homeowners and the effects of unemployment insurance on mortgage default. He has also studied the effects of payday loans, which are small, short-term consumer loans.
Professor Melzer received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2008.
Communicating your research via the research presentation (also known as the “academic talk”) is an important part of the research process that is often overlooked. Distilling pages of results, tables, and text into a tightly conceived presentation lasting anywhere from 15-45 minutes takes planning, organization and, most importantly, practice. This is particularly important when presenting your research to scholars outside of your own disciplinary field.
Ezra Rosser joined the American University Washington College of Law faculty in 2006. He has taught Poverty Law, Housing Law, Federal Indian Law, and Property Law. He has served as a 1665 Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Yale Law School, and a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.