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Celebrate the Release of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink

For more information, contact the The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at 650.723.1994.

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Seminar: Unauthorized Migrants and CalFresh (Food Stamp) Participation Rate
Aynalem Adugna, Vicky Lovell and M. Akhtar Khan from the California Department of Social Services

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.

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Paternal Incarceration and Child Wellbeing Webinar
Hosted by the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse

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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.

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Gaining Access and Responsible Use

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As a part of the “Finding and Using Restricted Access Data in the Social Sciences” brown bag series, this session will present how to gain access to restricted access data. The session will also provide guidance on funding research projects using the data. 

The session is presented by:
Miles McFann, IRB Administration
Jan Carmikle, UC Davis InnovationAccess
Yoke Dellenback, DSS Research Service Center

No RSVP is Required.

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Free Screening: American Winter

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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.

 

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Following the screening, we will be hosting a panel featuring:

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Inequality for All – a film by Robert Reich
Former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton
Live Q&A after movie screening

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The UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies invites to to attend the viewing of Robert Reich’s film “Inequality for All”. The film screening will be followed by a live Q&A session with Dr. Reich.

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Finding Restricted Access Data: Census Bureau Research Data Center

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As a part of the “Finding and Using Restricted Access Data in the Social Sciences” brown bag series, this session will feature Jon Stiles, Executive Director of the Census Bureau Research Center (UC Berkeley). The session will also give an overview of the Framework for Using Restricted Access Data and Standard Sources.

The session is presented by:
Jean Stratford, Social Science Data Service
Jon Stiles, Executive Director, Census Bureau Research Data Center, UC Berkeley

No RSVP is Required.

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Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education
David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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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.

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Scarcity: A Talk for People Too Busy to Attend Talks
Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University

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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.

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Intervention with High-Risk Children: The Regulated Learning Environment
Stephanie Jones, Harvard University

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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.

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Finding Your Own Restricted Access Data: Using Administrative Records

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As a part of the “Finding and Using Restricted Access Data in the Social Sciences” brown bag series, this session will provide guidance on using administrative records to find your own restricted access data.

The session is presented by:
Scott Carrell, Economics
Michal Kurlaender, Education

No RSVP is required.

The session is open to all faculty members and graduate students. Attendees are encouraged to bring thier own brown bag lunch to the event.
 

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2012-2013 Small Grants Conference

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Save the Date: The Center for Poverty Research welcomes its Small Grants awardees to UC Davis to present their research on Friday, February 28, 2014.

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Overview of Restricted Access Data and Multi-disciplinary Approaches

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As a part of the “Finding and Using Restricted Access Data in the Social Sciences” brown bag series, this session will give an overview of restricted access data and multi-disciplinary approaches.

The session is presented by:
Jean Stratford, Social Science Data Service
Bill McCarthy, Professor of Sociology
Kali Trzesniewski, Professor of Psychology
Kevin Williams, Professor of Economics

No RSVP is required.

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Stuart Peacock, PhD, MsC, University of British Columbia

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Dr. Peacock is visiting the UC Davis on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 to present two talks.

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Early Selection in Educational Systems and Two Forms of Inequality
Herman van de Werfhorst, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies

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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.

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Legacies of the War on Poverty, Lessons for the Future

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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.

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California’s Crisis: Ending Child Poverty Conference

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.

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Neurobiology of Socioeconomic Health Disparities
Peter Gianaros, University of Pittsburgh

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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.

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Opportunity, Meritocracy, and Access to Higher Education
Caroline Hoxby, Stanford University

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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. 

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Unemployment Insurance and Consumer Credit
Brian Melzer, Northwestern University

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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.

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Mastering the Academic Talk: How to Prepare and Deliver Effective Research Presentations
Professor Kevin Gee, Assistant Professor, School of Education

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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.

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Poverty Law, Policy, And Practice: Notes from the Cutting Room Floor
Ezra Rosser, American University

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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.

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Conference: The Affordable Care Act & Low Income Populations: Lessons from and Challenges for Research
Co-Sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy & Research

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Registration for this conference is now closed. If you are still interested in attending, please email us at povertycenter@ucdavis.edu.

The Center for Poverty Research’s conference on the Affordable Care Act and the poor will feature research highlighting what we already know about likely effects of the ACA on the poor and a panel discussion of the most critical new directions for research as the ACA is rolled out.  The conference will take place in the MU II on the UC Davis campus on Friday, November 1, 2013.

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Writing for Policy Workshop

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The Center for Poverty Research requires any student or faculty member receiving research support to produce, at the end of the funding period, a short “policy brief” that describes, in a non-technical manner, the policy-relevant research findings from their work, for dissemination to a variety of scholars and policymakers.

To support this requirement, the Center will offer a two-part training workshop in writing for policy-makers scheduled for:

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The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
Sasha Abramsky, Center Faculty Affiliate

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Sasha Abramsky, a lecturer in UC Davis’ writing program and Center Faculty Affiliate, studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Balliol College, Oxford.

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Writing for Policy Workshop

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The Center for Poverty Research requires any student or faculty member receiving research support to produce, at the end of the funding period, a short “policy brief” that describes, in a non-technical manner, the policy-relevant research findings from their work, for dissemination to a variety of scholars and policymakers.

To support this requirement, the Center will offer a two-part training workshop in writing for policy-makers scheduled for:

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Poverty and the Long Term Effects of Early Life Experiences

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Registration for this conference is now closed.

Poverty is inextricably linked with low levels of economic resources and high levels of family stress. Emerging research indicates that children may be particularly affected by these conditions.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the myriad effects of early life poverty and the pathways by which it impacts later life outcomes.

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UPDATED: Frictions in Earnings Adjustment Among the Near-Poor Elderly: Evidence from the Social Security Earnings Test
Alex Gelber, Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Alexander Gelber is an assistant professor in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. During 2012-2013, he is on temporary leave from these positions to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, where his portfolio covers microeconomic issues.

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Emerging Poverty Researchers: 2011-12 Small Grant Recipients Conference

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We are pleased to welcome the 2011-12 recipients of our Small Grants for Emerging Poverty Research. The awardees will present their work highlighting their contributions to furthering our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty.

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Sean Corcoran: The Effect of Breakfast in the Classroom on Obesity and Academic Performance: Evidence from New York City
Associate Professor of Educational Economics at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development

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Sean P. Corcoran (Ph.D Economics, University of Maryland) is an associate professor of educational economics at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and an affiliated faculty of the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

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Janet Shim: Social Inequalities in Health Care Treatment
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Nursing, UCSF

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Janet Shim whose research interests include aging and life extension practices, racial, class, and gender inequalities in health, and the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. Her ongoing research includes a sociological examination of epidemiology, specifically how epidemiologists conceptualize and use race, socioeconomic status, and sex/gender in their work, and how lay people think about the effects of such social differences for their health. She received her Master in Public Policy at Harvard University and her PhD in Sociology at UCSF.

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C. Cybele Raver: Poverty and Children’s Self Regulation – Scientific Inquiry and Prevention
Vice Provost of Academic, Faculty and Research Affairs, and Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU

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C. Cybele Raver examines the mechanisms that support children’s self-regulation in the contexts of poverty and social policy. Raver and her research team currently conduct CSRP, a federally-funded RCT intervention and she regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting school readiness among low-income children. Raver has received a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar award as well as support from the Spencer Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. Raver earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.

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Cheryl Mattingly: Rambo Mom as Moral Tragedy – An African American Mother’s Struggle for Clinical Care
Professor of Anthropology and Occupational Science and Therapy, USC

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cheryl Mattingly as part of our Poverty Research Seminar Series. Dr. Mattingly earned her doctoral degree in Anthropology and Urban Studies from MIT, and completed a post doctorate at the Harvard Medical School.

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Ron Haskins: Fighting Child Poverty: Spending So Much, Getting So Little
Co-director, Brookings Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project

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The Center is pleased to welcome our Winter Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dr. Ron Haskins, February 20-22, 2013. An expert on preschool, foster care, and poverty, Dr. Haskins was instrumental in the 1996 overhaul of national welfare policy. His areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support enforcement, family composition and marriage, and child protection. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, a Master’s in Education, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, from UNC, Chapel Hill.

Faculty and graduate students interested in meeting with Dr. Haskins should contact Meagan Hume, Program Assistant.

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Richard Murnane: U.S High School Graduation Rates – Patterns and Explanations
Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

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Dr. Murnane examines the respects in which the growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low income families and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children. Murnane co-edited (with Greg Duncan) the 2011 volume, Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children’s Life Chances (Russell Sage). In 2011, Murnane and his colleague, John Willett, published the book Methods Matter: Improving Causal Inference in Educational and Social Science Research (Oxford U.

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The Role of Community Colleges in Workforce Development for Low-Skilled Workers
Sponsored by the Center for Poverty Research and the UC Davis School of Education

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Community colleges are the primary point of access to higher education for many Americans. These open-access colleges offer many programs outside the traditional academic track to students with a diverse set of employment histories, academic preparation, and demographic characteristics. 

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Sheldon Danziger: Poverty and Anti-Poverty Policy After the Great Recession
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

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The Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Sheldon Danziger whose research focuses on trends in poverty and inequality, and the effects of economic and demographic changes and government social programs on disadvantaged groups. His current work includes research on how the 1996 welfare reform affected the work effort, family income, and material well-being of single mothers. Dr. Danziger received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, and the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Danziger is also the Director of the National Poverty Center, and the Director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy.

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Heather Rose: Does California’s School Finance System Leave Poor Children Behind?
Associate Professor of Education, UC Davis; Adjunct Policy Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

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Two current lawsuits against the State of California claim its current finance system is unconstitutional and demand the State develop a new system that is more equitable and better aligned with the State’s academic goals. Join Research Affiliate Heather Rose as she describes California’s school finance system, focusing on the resource disparities between schools serving affluent and economically disadvantaged students.

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Education Policymaking in a Time of Uncertainty: Reflections from the Third House
Sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education and the Center for Applied Policy in Education

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Lobbyists, often referred to as the “Third House”, influence the decisions of government and have great insight to the current leanings and potential effects of governmental policy. How might schools–both K-12 and higher education–be impacted in the year to come?  Join in as California’s most knowledgable and influential voices discuss education policy and its real-world impact on schools.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Poverty Research.

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The End of Farm Labor Abundance
University of California Center, Sacramento

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New data from the Mexico National Rural Household Survey reveal that the same shift out of farm work that characterized U.S. farm labor history is well underway in Mexico. Meanwhile, the demand for farm and non-farm workers in Mexico is rising, and a combination of recession and border enforcement has discouraged new Mexico-to-U.S. migration. New research funded by the Center for Poverty Research and conducted by Research Affiliate J. Edward Taylor examines the decline in foreign farm labor supply to the United States and the far-reaching implications for farm production, immigration policy, and rural poverty in California and other labor-intensive agricultural regions.

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Income Inequality, Schooling, and Educational Outcomes
Sean Reardon, Stanford University

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Income inequality among the families of school-aged children in the US has grown sharply over the last 40 years. How has rising income inequality affected patterns of educational outcomes?

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Douglas Almond: Fetal Origins and Anti-Poverty Policies
Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics, Columbia

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The Center is pleased to host our Fall 2012 Visiting Scholar, Douglas Almond, duringthe week of October 8-11. Dr. Almond is an Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Almond’s primary research areas are health and applied microeconomics, with a particular interest in infant health and the environment. Almond previously served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton administration and studied the health effects of air pollution in China as a Fulbright scholar. Almond received his BA from Carleton College in Minnesota and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the departmental award for research on public policy.

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Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community-Action during the American Century
Co-sponsored with the Cultural Studies Colloquium and American Studies

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Join Professor Alyosha Goldstein (American Studies) from the University of New Mexico to discuss his new book, Poverty in Common. Dr. Goldstein suggests new ways to think about the relationship among liberalism, government, and inequality in the United States by analyzing historical dynamics including:  Progressive-era reform as a precursor to community development during the Cold War, the ways that the language of “underdevelopment” articulated ideas about poverty and foreignness, the use of poverty as a crucible of interest group politics, and radical groups’ critical reframing of community action in anticolonial terms.

*Co-sponsored with the Cultural Studies Colloquium Series

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Lack of Hope and the Persistence of Poverty

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Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT and a founder and director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Duflo is an NBER Research Associate, serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and is Director of the Center of Economic Policy Research’s development economics program. The Economist lists Duflo as one of the top 8 young economists in the world.

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Thinking about Graduate School?
Natalie Troxel (Psychology) and Andrew Foote (Economics)

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If you have questions about the grad school application process, or what to expect when you’re a grad student, here’s where you’ll find answers! Current graduate students will be completely candid about taking the GRE’s, getting recommendations, teaching, and the grad school experience…they’ll also tell you what they wished they would have known themselves. Director Ann Stevens will also give her perspective in reading graduate admissions applications.

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An Introduction to Poverty Research
Presented by Ann Stevens

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Ideal for for students thinking about focusing in this area, Director Ann Stevens provides an introduction on current topics in poverty research, including major anti-poverty programs in the United States.  She’ll also cover general statistics and resources for finding poverty-related data sets.

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Writing Your Resume/CV and Getting the Most from your Internship
Presented by Lisa Sanders, Internship and Career Center

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Developed especially for our cohort of undergraduate interns, we’ll provide tips on making the most of your research internship, and tell you how to get transcript notation. More importantly, because your resume/CV is your Marketing Brochure, you’ll also learn to write up your research and internship experience to the fullest effect. Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Project Op-Ed: Own Your Voice, Change the World
Media Training

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The Op-Ed Project is a highly-interactive, energetic full day seminar built on a series of exercises, scenarios and experiential learning around thought leadership, and is designed to make participants think more carefully and more expansively about what they know and why it matters. We’ll explore how to present ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; the source of credibility; the components of powerful, evidence-based argument; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and strategies for making a greater impact, including how to escape a pigeonhole, how to preach beyond the choir, and the value of seeing your argument as part of a bigger picture—and yourself as part of a larger public conversation. We’ll review techniques and tools of persuasion that appear in some of history’s most powerful arguments (speeches, essays and op-eds that have changed the world), and we discuss strategies for pitching ideas (anywhere).  Participants leave with an op-ed draft, and will have ongoing access to OpEd Project resources, events and mentors.

To RSVP, contact Adrienne.

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The Effects of Local Job Loss on Child Outcomes
Elizabeth Ananat

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Given the magnitude of the recent recession, it is important to understand the effects of large-scale job losses on children and their educational outcomes. Has the economic downturn had an effect on all children, or just the children who experience parental job loss? Presenter Elizabeth Ananat discusses the important implications of the recession for children and school accountability schemes.

In addition to presenting a scholarly talk, Dr. Ananat will be available for individual and group meetings with faculty and students; please contact Adrienne for availability.

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