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News & Events: May 2013

There’s a lot of talk about poverty in the United States – but what do official poverty statistics, and alternative measures, really mean?  Check out our latest Policy Briefs, including one on poverty definitions.

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First Group of Small Grants Recipients Present New Research on Poverty
April 29, 2013

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.

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Policy Briefs

Transitions into & out of Poverty in the United States
By Ann Huff Stevens, UC Davis

Transitions into and out of poverty often happen after major events such as marriage, divorce, or changes in income. They are also associated with economic factors, such as unemployment rates or wages. 

The Great Recession and Greater Disparities in Employment and Earnings
By Hilary Hoynes and Douglas Miller, UC Davis; and Jessamyn Schaller, University of Arizona

In the recent recession, unemployment nearly doubled to 9.5 percent by mid-2009.  This figure is powerful in and of itself, but does not tell the whole story.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: A Better Measure for Poverty in America?
By Anupama Jacob, 2012 Visiting Graduate Scholar

In 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that around 46 million or one in seven residents lived in poverty.  However, the very term “poverty” continues to evoke debates on what it means to be poor. 

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