Congratulations to previous participants in our Visiting Graduate
Student program on the publication of their paper. Kathryn
Edwards, Jennifer Scott, and Alex Stanczyk met in 2014 through
the Center for Poverty and Inequality Research’s Visiting
Graduate Student program. They recently published “Moonlighting
to the Side Hustle: The Effect of Working an Extra Job on
Household Poverty for Households With Less Formal
Education,” a paper they began working on during our
program. Read the paper published in Families in Society: The
Journal of Contemporary Social Services below.
Our Center was founded in 2011 as one of three federally
designated Poverty Research Centers. As our Center has grown over
the past nine years, so too has our research agenda, expanding
beyond a strict focus on poverty to include overlapping
dimensions of social and economic inequality. Today, Center
affiliates’ research contributes to our understanding of the
causes and consequences of, and solutions to, economic
disadvantage as it relates to race and ethnicity, geospatial
context, gender, immigrant status, and disability.
SACRAMENTO — Continuing his commitment to strengthen,
innovate and grow California’s economy, Governor Gavin Newsom
today announced the creation of his Council of Economic Advisors.
The Council will advise the Governor and Director of the
California Department of Finance Keely Martin Bosler on
wide-ranging economic issues and deepen relationships between the
Administration and academic researchers to keep California moving
toward an economy that is inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.
Center for Poverty Research Director Marianne Page and
Faculty Affiliate Ross Thompson were invited to speak on a panel
at the Childhood Obesity Conference in Anaheim, CA
July 15-18. Their session entitled “Poverty: Obesity
Prevention’s Top Priority?” discussed how childhood obesity is
tied to so many other issues—poverty, family supports, and
Congratulations to 2013-2014 small grants recipient David
Phillips on the publication of his paper in the Journal of Human
Resources. His paper, “Do Low-Wage Employers Discriminate Against
Applicants with Long Commutes? Evidence from a Correspondence
Experiment,” studies how employers respond to low-wage job
applicants’ home addresses.
The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research is please to announce
the renewal of the UCD-SPREE program. The Center will once again
host undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) for summer experiences with poverty research
and mentorship toward academic careers.
Center for Poverty Research (CPR) Director Marianne Page and
Faculty Affiliate Marianne Bitler will present their research
this month at the Institute
Poverty’s (IRP) annual summer research workshop.
Each June the workshop brings together poverty
scholars at all stages in their careers to present their research
on low-income populations.
Last week the deputy director and four faculty affiliates of the
UC Davis Center for Poverty Research (CPR) presented their
research at the annual meeting of the Population Association of
America (PAA) in Denver. Their papers were among those
selected from a pool of 4,000 submissions for 254 oral sessions
that represent the interdisciplinary nature of population
research and cover diverse population issues.
In August eight students from historically black colleges and
universities (HBCUs) concluded a seven-week, intensive research
program through the University of California, Davis Summer
Poverty Research Engagement Experience (UCD-SPREE). Under the
auspices of the program, UCD faculty provide mentorship and
guidance to a select group of students to conduct research and
prepare for the rigors of doctoral programs.
On September 12, 2017 the Census Bureau released the
official poverty rate for 2016 (12.7%), showing that 40.6
million Americans live below the federal poverty line
(FPL), currently set at $24,563 for a family of four. This
poverty measure is an estimate of the annual income required to
meet basic needs.
The Census Bureau’s latest poverty statistics show that last year
13.5 percent of Americans still lived below the federal poverty
line. The official poverty rate is a valuable measure of how
well we as a nation ensure opportunity for those who earn the
least. However, just as important is understanding why the
poverty rate has not changed, how it affects those who are poor
and what policies can make a difference.
The new Census Bureau report on poverty, to be released on Sept.
13th, will tell us the new poverty rate and details
about who is poor in the United States. The Center for Poverty
Research is preparing a number of responses to share what
research shows can help end poverty for millions of individuals
Center for Poverty Research faculty affiliates are available to
comment for stories related to all aspects of poverty in the
United States. Contact the
Center if you have specific request for one of our
faculty not on this list.
It can be hard to plan for basic needs, like paying rent or
taking care of your kids, if you don’t know when you’ll be
working next week or just how many hours you will be needed.
A new study by researchers at the University of California,
Davis, finds that an unpredictable work week is the norm for
growing numbers of low-wage workers — nearly 40 percent of whom
worked variable hours for at least one four-month period after
the start of the 2007-2009 Great Recession.
Center for Poverty Research executive committee member Jacob
Hibel has won a grant to study how schools adapt to a sharp
increase in immigrant families, which will help develop
interventions to help low-income kids who may have trouble
catching up to their peers.
A UC Davis economist and Center for Poverty Research Faculty
Affiliate is taking part in an evaluation of the Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
The project is being conducted by a committee organized by the
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at the
request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition
Service. Its goal is to see if the redesigned WIC food packages
meet the goals of the program, which are to protect the health of
women, infants, and young children who are at risk of poor
Three of last year’s Visiting Graduate Scholars presented a joint
project with a poster at the 2015 Fall Research Conference hosted
by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and
The poster, “Moonlighting to Make Ends Meet: The Impact of
Multiple Job Holding on Household Economic Wellbeing,” by
Jennifer Scott, Alexandra Stanczyk and Kathryn Ann Edwards,
described how holding multiple jobs can reduce poverty by
increasing family income.
By Ben Hinshaw, Institute for Social
Sciences — Welfare has long been the subject of heated
debate. On November 6, 2015, Manasi Deshpande continued that
debate at a seminar hosted by the Center for Poverty Research.
Focusing on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Deshpande, an
assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago,
presented her recent paper “Does Welfare Inhibit Success? The
Long-Term Effects of Removing Low-Income Youth from Disability
DAVIS, Calif. — Center for Poverty Research faculty
affiliates in education and economics have been awarded nearly $5
million to find out how well the state prepares K-12 students for
college and careers.
DAVIS, Calif. — In this new video series released by the UC
Davis Center for Poverty Research, Faculty Affiliates discuss
some of the causes and consequences of poverty in the U.S. as
well as possible solutions suggested by research from across
DAVIS, Calif. — Eight undergraduates visiting UC Davis from
historically black colleges and universities capped off their
summer research experience with presentations on schools, stress
and child development, trauma and memory and the Earned Income
The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine,
Department of Public Health Sciences invites applications for a
faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise
in public health and poverty policy research and teaching.
The latest portrait of poverty in California: Find out which
groups and regions are bearing the brunt of living in the
country’s highest-poverty state and how well the safety net is
working to reduce poverty.
DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis graduate students affiliated with the
Center for Poverty Research have recently won a number of
prestigious fellowships for their research.
This year, fellowships graduate student affiliates have won
include the UC Davis Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts,
Humanities, and Social Sciences; National Academy of
Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowships and the
American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship.
When our three new undergraduates arrived last January to start
their Public Policy Fellowships at the Center for Poverty
Research, they had no idea what they were getting into, and only
a vague sense of what they would accomplish by summer. All they
had was potential and an interest in poverty policy.
“When I applied for the fellowship,” says Alex Matsiras, a
managerial economics major, “I was taking a class about poverty
in the world so I thought it’d be interesting.”
DAVIS, Calif. — Center director Ann Huff Stevens has been
appointed interim dean of the Graduate School of Management.
Stevens will continue to direct the center but will give up her
position as chair of the Department of Economics. She will serve
as dean until the position is filled permanently, but will not be
a candidate for the job. Stevens’ appointment is effective
STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
featured work by Center for Poverty Research directors and
affiliates in their summer 2014 issue of Pathways magazine. The
articles by Ann Stevens, Marianne Page, Giovanni Peri and Hilary
Hoynes, focused on aspects of labor markets ranging from
immigrants to job loss to safety net programs.
DAVIS, Calif. — The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research has
launched a program to host undergraduates from Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for summer experiences with
poverty research and mentorship toward academic careers.
DAVIS, Calif. – American Winter, a
documentary feature film on American poverty, was screened at UC
Davis on May 22, accompanied by a resource fair and panel
discussion moderated by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.
DAVIS, Calif. — More than 60 women leaders from the Sacramento
region convened at UC Davis in March to discuss the complex
challenges women face in the workplace with an eye toward policy
that could affect the nation.
DAVIS, Calif. — In his novel The Grapes of Wrath, John
Steinbeck made famous the image of poor farming families fleeing
a land that turned against them to seek better lives in
California. Drought, regular economic shocks and persistent rural
poverty nationwide are just a few reasons the rural poor that
Steinbeck portrayed continue to struggle today.
DAVIS, Calif. — Amid the 500-plus pages of the newly released
Shriver Report on poverty among women, you will find the Thrive
Index, the work of UC Davis economics professor Ann Huff Stevens
with research assistance from MBA students in the Graduate School
Stevens is chair of the Department of Economics and director of
the Center for Poverty Research. Read about the center’s
two-day conference marking the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s War
In January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched America’s War
on Poverty — a battle today that is not so much won or lost, but
a continuing movement.
As members of that effort, UC Davis faculty who research poverty
have written that safety-net programs initiated with the War on
Poverty such as Head Start and food stamps have made a difference
in the lives of the poor.
But the Great Recession has resulted in reduced funding for many
of these core programs.
Jan. 8 marks the 50th anniversary of legislation launching
America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told
with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and
wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on
poverty has been won, but the failure narrative is just as wrong.
The real story with some fundamental facts highlighted is more
complex than simple wins and losses, and long overdue.
More bad news, it seems, on student debt: A new report from the
Institute for College Access and Success shows that more students
are borrowing, and those who do are borrowing more. For
California, however, there is a silver lining. The report shows
California has the second-lowest level of student borrowing in
DAVIS, Calif. — The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis
hosted top health care experts from across the country to discuss
the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what the health
care expansion means for poor and low income families in the U.S.
The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis hosted top health
care experts from across the country to discuss the rollout of
the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what the health care expansion
means for poor and low income families in the U.S.
These three projects won more than $1.3 million in the funding
this past June to support interdisciplinary research projects led
by Center for Poverty Research director Ann Huff Stevens, deputy
director Marianne Page, and faculty affiliate Giovanni Peri.
DAVIS, Calif. — The conference “Poverty and the Long-term
Effects of Early Life Experiences,” hosted by the UC Davis Center
for Poverty Research, gathered over a hundred attendees to hear
and discuss new research across the social science disciplines on
the long-term impacts of poverty in early life.
DAVIS, Calif. — Emerging poverty researchers from across the
country presented findings from their Center for Poverty Research
Small Grants-funded studies at the 2011-2012 Small Grants
Recipients Conference on Friday, April 26, 2013.
DAVIS, Calif. — Dr. Ron Haskins, the former White House and
congressional advisor who was instrumental in the 1996 overhaul
of national welfare policy, is the Center for Poverty Research
Winter Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UC Davis this February.
DAVIS, Calif. — The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis
hosted an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, educators and
policymakers to discuss new research on community colleges and
the role they play in workforce development. The conference took
place on January 11, 2013.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Assembly Committee on
Accountability and Administrative Review held hearings in
December 2011 on the problem of inequality and the potential role
of state government. Center for Poverty Research Director Ann
Huff Stevens testified, along with researchers from a variety of
universities and institutes throughout the state.