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News & Events: November 2018

We are pleased to highlight the Center’s newest outreach activities. Our busy fall culminates this Friday with a seminar by our very own Professor Leah Hibel, who will be sharing her research on adversity and its impact on children’s ability to self-regulate.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a UC Davis expert.

We are also pleased to provide you with two new Policy Briefs, and another addition to our Poverty Facts series.  This brief, written by graduate student Annie Hines, focuses on the timely issue of undocumented immigrants and the barriers they face obtaining higher education.

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Policy Briefs

Policy Brief Sign up for e-news Camelia Hostinar
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Poverty in Childhood Increases Risk of Poor Health in Adulthood
By Camelia Hostinar, UC Davis; Kharah M. Ross, UC Los Angeles; and Edith Chen and Gregory E. Miller, Northwestern University

A quarter of the world’s population suffer from metabolic syndrome (MetS), a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. MetS is particularly common among people of low socioeconomic status (SES). When we examined the relative roles of early-life SES and current SES in explaining MetS risk, we found that low early-life SES contributed to an 83% greater risk of MetS later on.

Post Sign up for e-news Katherine Eriksson
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Greater Access to Education Reduces Rates of Incarceration
By Katherine Eriksson, UC Davis

In the United States, poverty, incarceration, and race are linked in complex ways, with much evidence that poverty may be both a cause and a consequence of incarceration. Black men are disproportionately more likely than white men to be arrested and incarcerated, a racial gap that first emerged in the early 20th century. In a new study, I explore the historical role played in that gap by education. I find that black men fully exposed to an expansion of rural primary schools between 1913 and 1932 were 1.9 percentage points less likely to be incarcerated later.

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Poverty Facts

Poverty Facts is a new series that provides key background information for understanding research and policies affecting poverty. We aim to promote informed discussion and debate on the challenges of addressing poverty and inequality in the United States. Poverty Facts is authored by faculty and graduate student affiliates of the Center.

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Undocumented Students and Higher Education
By Annie Laurie Hines, UC Davis

Over 11 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. Many arrived as children, attended school in the U.S. and consider the country their home. Over 60 percent of the undocumented population has lived in the U.S. for 10 years or more. However, undocumented students face substantial barriers to higher education due to their legal status. This brief outlines key facts about the barriers undocumented students face in terms of access to higher education.