The UC Davis Poverty Research and Policy Summit at UC Center
Sacramento on April 22, 2016. The event brought together
researchers, policymakers, practitioners and advocates to
summarize and discuss the state of poverty research and public
policy over the past decade, and how research can better inform
policy in the decade to come.
Each session included presentations by the Center’s Faculty
Affiliates and discussion by panels of public policy
professionals. The sessions followed four key areas of
research and policy: labor markets and poverty, the state of the
safety net, children and the intergenerational transmission of
poverty, and the intersections of poverty and immigration.
In this presentation, economist and Center for Poverty Research
director Ann Huff Stevens discusses how stagnation of wages at
the bottom of the US wage distribution over the past several
decades and continuing low rates of full-time work, especially in
single-parent households, often leave families below the official
This presentation by UC Davis economist Marianne Page describes
the mechanisms that lie behind the intergenerational transmission
of poverty, the understanding of which is necessary in order to
design effective policies to improve poor children’s life
In this presentation, UC Davis sociologist Erin Hamilton
discusses how being unauthorized or living in a mixed-status
family where at least one member is unauthorized affects the
wellbeing and incorporation of children of immigrants.
This presentation by UC Davis economist Marianne Bitler describes
the US social safety net and the great strides made in
understanding our reformulated safety net in the last decade,
driven by a variety of advances in availability of new data, new
sources of variation, and creative research designs.
This presentation features UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri
discussing why immigrants from Mexico and Central America are
more reliant on wages and less reliant on public safety net
programs, yet are still much more likely to be poor than those
born in the US.