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News & Events: November 2015

An important part of our mission at the Center for Poverty Research is to educate and inform the public and policy-makers about critical facts and findings on poverty in the U.S.  Our recent conference on poverty and low-wage labor markets provided broad context on low-wage work in the U.S. today and highlighted a variety of new findings about how best to improve conditions of low-wage workers. Please go to the links below to listen to parts of the conference, and see our web page for many more podcasts and videos.  Thanks for supporting the Center for Poverty Research and our programs.

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Policy Briefs

Community College Career Technical Education Programs Significantly Increase Earnings
By Ann Stevens, Michal Kurlaender and Michel Grosz; UC Davis

National efforts to increase college attainment and to address the nation’s skills gap have focused heavily on community colleges. Understanding returns to community college programs is particularly important for low-income students, since nearly half of low-income students begin their college careers at community colleges, compared to just 15 percent of high-income students.[1]  Using administrative data from California, we find that students who earn vocational certificates and degrees see large earnings gains that vary substantially by course of study.

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Center News


Podcasts from the Employment, Earnings and Inequality Conference
Now available for download on our website

Audio recordings from our Fall 2015 Conference,  “Employment, Earnings and Inequality: Realities and Opportunities in Low Wage Labor Markets” are now available for download on our website. This conference presented both quantitative and qualitative research on questions related to low wage labor markets, covering topics that include wage trends and shifts in occupations, policies that enhance wages, issues related to immigration, mobility, stigma and identity among low-skilled workers.


Increasing Income for Families in Need
Economist Ann Huff Stevens on Poverty

In this video, economist Ann Huff Stevens discusses income inequality and the lasting effects of poverty during childhood. In the U.S., she says, part of the challenge is the sense of shame associated with using public assistance programs. The Earned Income Tax Credit is an effective anti-poverty program that overcomes this stigma by rewarding work and transferring income to needy families through the tax system.