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News & Events: December 2013

Happy holidays from the Center for Poverty Research staff. We will be back in the new year with more events and programs. Until then, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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Center News


The War on Poverty 50 Years Later

In 1964 the War on Poverty began with the passage of President Lyndon Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act. This was the start of many anti-poverty programs that provided access to health care, nutritional assistance and educational support that continue today. 

The Center for Poverty Research War on Poverty Conference, held on January 9-10, 2014 at UC Davis, hosted top poverty scholars who look closely at the War on Poverty, including its legacy 50 years later.

In these pages we have gathered conference presentations with additional work related to the War on Poverty including:

  • Audio recordings of conference presentations and slides
  • New research studies and policy briefs on safety net programs
  • Facts and figures, as well as links to outside sources, that provide a clearer picture of the U.S. safety net
  • New articles that explore different aspects of poverty

Central to our mission is the dissemination of poverty research. We hope you will consider these pages a useful, ongoing resource.

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Higher Education
Caroline Hoxby in Conversation with Faculty Affiliates Michal Kurlaender and Scott Carrell

In this podcast, visiting scholar Caroline Hoxby discusses her Expanding College Opportunities Project with UC Davis Professor of Economics Scott Carrell and Associate Professor of Education Michal Kurlaender, including the project’s interventions with college-bound, low-income, high-achieving students. 

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Policy Briefs

Payday Loans Increase SNAP, Reduce Child Support Payments
by Brian T. Melzer, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

There has been considerable debate about whether payday lending alleviates or exacerbates financial distress. On the one hand, payday loans can help a family weather shocks to household income or expenditures. Many argue, however, that these high-cost loans lead to greater financial difficulties in the long run.

Immigrant Mothers, Community Organizations and Poverty
by Dina Okamoto and Valerie Feldman, UC Davis; and Melanie Jones Gast, DePaul University

Community-based organizations (CBOs) serve low-income immigrants who face significant barriers to public aid. An increasing proportion of these populations includes families with children who live in poverty.