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Event In-Person Only: Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Re-Centering Agency: A Paradigm Shift for Researching Inequality
Taura Taylor, Morehouse College

In this session, Dr. Taura Taylor shares the observation that studies on social inequality, poverty, and marginalization, often deemphasize agency. Centering self-sufficiency or highlighting community initiatives to resolve discrimination and inequality has the potential to minimize structural barriers and systemic oppression. In addition, distinguished individual and community practices may not implement broadly across intersecting statuses.

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Preparing Your First NIH Application
Emerald Nguyen, NIH

Attendees will receive an overview of the NIH application and funding process, advice on interacting with program officials, and information on behavioral and social science research funding opportunities.

Event Andrews Conference Room 2203 SS&H

Community Violence and Early Childhood Language Development: The Moderating Role of Maternal Efficacy and Satisfaction
Agustina Laurito, University of Illinois Chicago

Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of community-level homicides on language development in early childhood. It also explores whether maternal efficacy and satisfaction moderate this relationship. It uses data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey of Chilean children and their mothers matched to municipal level homicides. The empirical strategy exploits variation in the timing of survey data collection and municipal-level homicides in models with municipality fixed effects.

Event Zoom

California’s Post Pandemic Recovery: Policies and Unique Challenges for Vulnerable Populations

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The Precarious status of Farm Labor: immigrants, uncertainty and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis
Diane Charlton, University of Montana

Undocumented and labor markets post DACA and during the Covid-19 crisis
Reem Zaiour, UC Davis

The Safety net for immigrant workers and their families and the harm from the Covid-19 crisis
Chloe East, University of Colorado, Denver

Changes to California Public Schools’ Supports for Immigrant Students following COVID-19
Jacob Hibel, UC Davis

Following each session, join members of state government and public agencies to discuss current policy implications

Co-Sponsored with the Global Migration Center

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

Student Loan Payments and Wealth: A Threshold Approach
Gerald Daniels, Howard University

Since 2010, student loan debt has become the second-highest debt category for U.S. households. We examine how education payment-to-income ratios (PIR) impact wealth accumulation across the wealth distribution using a thresholding approach in quantile regression. We use data from the last 3 survey rounds of the Survey of Consumer Finances.

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Causal Effects of Information and Personal Assistance on Selective College Outcomes
January 12

Brian Holzman, Research Scientist at the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice University

The Center for Poverty & Inequality Research is pleased to host Brian Holzman as a Visiting Scholar sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty. 

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Causal Effects of Information and Personal Assistance on Selective College Outcomes
Brian Holzman, Research Scientist at the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice University

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The Center for Poverty & Inequality Research is pleased to host Brian Holzman as a Visiting Scholar sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty. 

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Friendships, Identity, and Well-being Among Diverse California Youth and Implications for Life After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by the UC Consortium for the Developmental Science of Adolescence and the UC Center Sacramento

Professor Phillip Hammack from UC Santa Cruz and Professor Adrienne Nishina from UC Davis, Moderated by Paul Hastings from UC Davis

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Presidential Framing of Health Inequality from FDR to Trump
November 5, 2021

Drew Halfmann, UC Davis

Research on American framing of health inequality finds that government health policy reports give more attention to inequalities by race and ethnicity than by SES. In this paper, I examine another key site of health inequality framing—presidential messages. Through quantitative and qualitative content analysis of ninety years of messages, I find that presidents mentioned low-income people in more messages and in more committed tones than racially-oppressed people for the entire period. The pattern of these mentions also varied by political party and time.

Event https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/91481225759

Connecting & Building Relationships with Policymakers and Civic Organizations

Hosted by Scholars Strategy Network Sacramento, this training on building relationships gives scholars an introduction to effective strategies to ensure that researcher’s findings and perspectives inform policy. This session provides evidence-based instructions for how to begin and maintain productive relationships with policymakers, how to engage with civic intermediaries in order to better reach policymakers, and what strategies are critical for creating mutual trust.

Zoom Link: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/91481225759 

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Home Seek: How Poor Families Cope with Housing Insecurity
October 27, 2021

Guy Feldman, Tel Aviv University

Housing has historically been central to the lives of impoverished communities. For several decades, however, scholars of poverty had not fully appreciated how housing dynamics shape the life conditions of people in low-income communities. In recent years, many countries (including the U.S.) have experienced an acute housing crisis that placed a significant burden on poor families. In response to these developments, scholars of poverty have begun to explore the prevalence, sources, and consequences of housing insecurity for low-income families and communities.

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Tax Policy For Low-income Americans Web Conference

The “Tax Policy For Low-Income Americans” web conference brings together scholars to discuss new research on the EITC and federal tax policy innovations and their potential impacts on low-income families. Includes a panel discussion on the “Design and Efficacy of Universal (Child) Credits and Benefits.” Organized by IRP Affiliates Bradley Hardy and James P.

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The Gender of Poverty: How Women Overseas Became the Deserving Poor
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University

Hosted by the UC Davis History Department

This lecture looks at late 20th-century campaigns to empower impoverished women overseas. At the very moment that conservatives vilified poor women in the U.S. as welfare cheats, anti-poverty advocates positioned poor women overseas as selfless and hardworking.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities During the Covid-19 Pandemic
May 12, 2021
12:00-1:30pm PDT

Long-standing social and health inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at high risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. Join our panel of research experts for a discussion of the pandemic’s disproportionate effects on the health and economic well-being of marginalized groups in the U.S., and next steps for policy. 

Learn more about our panelists and view recording here.

Event Peter Lindert Zoom Details Below

Book Talk: Making Social Spending Work
New Book by Affiliate Peter Lindert

The Economic History Seminar and the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research are happy to announce a talk to launch the new book by Center affiliate Peter Lindert

Making Social Spending Work

(Cambridge University Press, April 2021)

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Panel Discussion: Race and the Transition to Adulthood
February 26, 2021
3:30-5:00pm PST

This event will allow attendees to engage in emerging research on important issues facing racially, ethnically and economically marginalized youth as they transition into adulthood. The panel will include research on the impacts of exposure to community violence, how cultural norms in higher education affect disadvantaged youths’ transition to college, and the unique experiences of Black millenials. Panelists will also discuss policies that effectively promote positive transitions.


Looking Ahead: Priorities and Policies of the Biden Administration
January 22, 2021
3:30-5:00pm PST

Panel Discussion and Breakouts

As we look to the next four years under a new administration, what should we expect in terms of poverty and inequality alleviation? Looking beyond the immediacy of the Covid-19 pandemic, what are the most important challenges facing the United States, and what are possible anti-poverty solutions? In this panel discussion, faculty from across the Center for Poverty and Inequality Research will share their expert perspectives .

Following the panel, we will be hosting topical breakout sessions for informal conversation and continued discussion from 4:30-5:00pm PST.

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Racialized Prisms: A Randomized Experiment on Families’ Perceptions of Schools
December 1, 2020
3:00-4:30pm PST

Chantal A. Hailey, University of Texas at Austin

Chantal A. Hailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is at the intersections of race and ethnicity, stratification, urban sociology, education, and criminology. She is particularly interested in how micro decision-making contributes to larger macro segregation and stratification patterns and how segregation creates, sustains, and exacerbates racial, educational, and socioeconomic inequality.

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Race and Class Inequalities in Higher Education

This event will allow attendees to engage in cutting edge research on important issues related to race, ethnicity, and economic inequality in higher education. The panel will include research on the college admissions process, affirmative action policies, and college persistence.


Welcome Back Event: “Poverty, Not the Poor”
In Recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

In recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research will be hosting a welcome back event with special guest David Brady of UC Riverside. Following Professor Brady’s talk, we will be hosting breakout sessions for informal conversation and continued discussion. 


Virtual Conference: The Experience of Poverty Amid Plenty in the Bay Area

The coronavirus pandemic and economic fall-out have exacerbated longstanding inequalities in the Bay area. The region where the next app might make overnight millionaires is also the place where minimum wage jobs cannot cover sky-high rents and where families struggle to make ends meet. This panel shares research on Bay area residents’ struggle to get adequate housing, secure workplace protections, and pay the bills when hardship hits, drawing in part on unique data from the Taking Count survey of six Bay area counties.

Event International House

‘I am more than just papers’: Healing in the Face of Legal Violence
Leisy Abrego, UCLA
Co-sponsor of the Department of Sociology Spring Lecture Series

Leisy J. Abrego is a Professor in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. She is a member of the first large wave of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Event Gail Goodman 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Child Maltreatment, Mental Health, and Memory in Low Income Adults
Gail Goodman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UC Davis

Professor Gail S. Goodman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of California, Davis. She is widely credited with starting the modern scientific study of children’s eyewitness memory and child victims as witnesses in legal contexts. Professor Goodman publishes widely, has received numerous grants, and has been honored with many national and international awards.

Event Sociology Boardroom, 1291 SS&H

Webinar on the California Legislative Cycle with Marj Plumb
Hosted by the Scholars Strategy Network

Please join us for a noon webinar on the California legislative cycle on February 19!

The webinar is offered by the Bay Area chapter of Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) but our local chapter of SSN, along with the UCD Center on Poverty and Inequality Research, is hosting a viewing hub (with lunch) at UCD. You can also view the webinar individually through Zoom. 

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Losing Public Health Insurance: TennCare Reform and Personal Financial Distress
Sebastian Tello-Trillo, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia

Sebastian Tello-Trillo is an economist whose research focuses on health policy in the U.S and Latin America. Most of his research focuses on understanding how policies affect individuals’ health behaviors and economic outcomes. His fields of specialization are in Health Economics and Applied Microeconomics. 

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

The Minimum Wage and Consumer Nutrition
Mike Palazzolo, Assistant Professor of Marketing, UC Davis

In 2017, the US department of agriculture estimated that approximately 1 in 7 U.S. households was “food insecure”: they either lacked the money to purchase enough food, or to purchase healthy food. Public policy advocates and politicians alike have branded the prevailing hourly federal minimum wage of $7.25 a “starvation wage,” yet the impact of raising the minimum wage on consumer nutrition is surprisingly underexplored.

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy
Greg Duncan, Distinguished Professor of Education, UC Irvine

Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children’s development as well as research on the impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit on development.

Event UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K St LL22, Sacramento, CA 95814

A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty: A Report from the National Academy of Sciences
Greg Duncan, Distinguished Professor of Education, UC Irvine

Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children’s development as well as research on the impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit on development.

Event Economics Gold Conference Room, 1131 SS&H

Competitive Effects of Non-Traditional K-12 Schools
Krzysztof (Chris) Karbownik, Emory University

We study the competitive effects of charter schools in the context of Florida, home to one of the largest charter school sectors in the nation, on test scores, discipline, and attendance of students that remain in traditional public schools. Merged birth records and longitudinal administrative education data facilitate three estimation strategies: (1) individual student fixed effects; (2) sibling fixed effects; and (3) instrumental variables where we use information on the expected competitive pressure exposure based on ZIP code of birth as instrument.

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Coming of Age in the Other America
Stefanie DeLuca, James Coleman Professor of Sociology & Social Policy, Johns Hopkins University

Recent research on inequality and poverty has shown that those born into low-income families, especially African Americans, still have difficulty entering the middle class, in part because of the disadvantages of they experience living in more dangerous neighborhoods, going to inferior public schools, and persistent racial inequality. Coming of Age in the Other America shows that despite overwhelming odds, some disadvantaged urban youth do achieve upward mobility.

Event Paul Hastings 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Neurobiological and Psychological Development in Contexts of Economic Hardship
Paul Hastings, Professor of Psychology, UC Davis

In the U.S.A., approximately 20% children and adolescents live in poverty and more than double that number live in families experiencing chronic economic hardship. Those figures are higher for many ethnically and racially diverse communities in the U.S.A., and higher still for many other nations, particularly in the Global South. Growing up in contexts of poverty and economic hardship exposes children to pervasive and multi-faceted stressors that may shape their developing neurobiological systems and psychological adjustment in complex, enduring and disadvantageous ways.

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works
Rucker Johnson, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Inequality in schools leads to many of our most intractable social ills: the mass incarceration of young men of color, disparities in income, life expectancy and related public health metrics.

Event 1113 SS&H, Economics Blue Conference Room

Impacts of Teacher-Student Race Match on Student High School Outcomes
Cassandra Hart, Associate Professor of Education, UC Davis

Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.

William T. Grant Foundation Presentation
Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the lives of young people.  Within this broad mission it has to areas of focus: research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and research on improving the use of research evidence in policy and practice.  Adam Gamoran, president of the Foundation, will discuss the Foundation’s priorities and the opportunities it provides for research funding.

Event Reducing Youth Inequality in an Era of Alternative Facts William T. Grant Foundation Presentation International House Community Room

UC Davis Forums: Can Universities Serve the Public Good? Using Rigorous Research for Social Impact
Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation

In his remarks, President Gamoran will argue that universities should do more to support research that benefits society by responding to the pressing problems of the day. He will lay out a strategy for institutions to incentivize this type of work by supporting partnerships between researchers and public agencies or private nonprofit organizations.

The lecture will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the International House (across the street from the main UC Davis campus). A reception and light refreshments will follow in the Lounge.

Reducing Youth Inequality in an Era of Alternative Facts
Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation

Income inequality in the U.S. is near an all-time high, with damaging consequences for the future of our nation.  The William T. Grant Foundation is committed to supporting research on ways to reduce inequality among young people.  In an era when evidence is ignored and even fundamental facts are challenged, what role can researchers play in advancing sound policies?  Adam Gamoran will explain the Foundation’s focus on reducing inequality and improving the use of evidence in policy decisions, and will consider how one might think about these priorities in light of contemporary battles over facts and evidence.  He will derive key areas for research on reducing inequality from recent consensus reports on effective strategies, and encourage research that responds to these challenges.

Event Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Levine Family Fund Lecture- Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed
Janet Currie, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Hosted by the Department of Economics

Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has served as the Vice President of the American Economics Association and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences.

Event Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Childhood Family Structure, Education, and Intergenerational Income Mobility
Ryan Finnigan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Davis

Despite evidence that children from low-income families without two parents are doubly disadvantaged, a growing body of research on the interactive role of childhood family structure for intergenerational mobility finds the opposite—differences in adult attainment by childhood family structure are greatest among those with the most advantaged parents. This study examines: (1) how children’s educational attainment varies by childhood family structure and parental income; and (2) how much these education differences account for lifelong income disparities by childhood family structure.

Event Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Adversity and the Development of Regulation
Leah Hibel, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, UC Davis

Abstract: One powerful capacity that enables people to successfully cope with stress is their ability to regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors (i.e., self-regulation). Young children learn self-regulation, in large part, through daily parent-child interactions which stimulates the development of long term regulatory functioning. However, contextual stressors can spill over to disrupt parent-child relationships and this disruption is thought to be a primary mechanism by which early stress initiates poorer mental and physical health outcomes.

Event Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Geographies of Poverty Conference
The Importance of Neighborhoods, Segregation, and Mobility in Perpetuating Disadvantage

Advanced registration for this conference is closed. Registration will be offered at the conference pending space availability. 

Participants include:

Decoupling Schools and Neighborhoods: Safety, School Location, Social Ties, and Neighborhood Perception
Julia Burdick-Will, Johns Hopkins University

The Ethnic Segregation of Immigrants in the United States, 1850-1940
Katherine Eriksson, UC Davis

Event Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Do Income Shocks Affect Domestic Violence?
Analisa Packham, Assistant Professor of Economics, Miami University

Analisa Packham is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. 

Professor Packham studies applied microeconomics, including labor and health economics and the economics of education. Her research focuses primarily on evaluating the effects of food stamp timing as well as contraception and family planning policies. 

Event Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

The Effects of DNA Databases on the Deterrence and Detection of Offenders
Jennifer Doleac, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Texas A&M

Jennifer Doleac is an Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, and Director of the Justice Tech Lab. Professor Doleac is also a Nonresident Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, a research affiliate at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, and a research fellow at IZA. Her research focuses on the economics of crime and discrimination, with particular emphases on prisoner reentry and the effects of technology on public safety.

Event 273 SS&H

Barriers to Infant Immunization Among the Poor
Jessamyn Schaller, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Arizona

Professor Schaller studies a variety of topics in labor, public, and health economics, with an emphasis on the associations between aggregate and individual labor market shocks, health, and child outcomes.

Event Ann Huff Stevens 273 SS&H

Dynamics and Persistence of the Earned Income Tax Credit
Ann Stevens, Professor of Economics

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Ann Huff Stevens is Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty Research and Professor of Economics at UC Davis. She studies low income workers and labor markets, the incidence and effects of job loss, connections between economic shocks and health, and poverty and safety-net dynamics.

Her current work examines returns to vocational education programs, the dynamics of EITC eligibility, and long-term effects of labor force non-participation. 

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Scarcity in the Land of Plenty: Healthcare in California’s San Joaquin Valley
Michelle Ko, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Michelle Ko is a faculty affiliate and member of the Center for Poverty Research Executive Committee. Dr. Ko looks at how policy, healthcare, and our social structure are interconnected,  and their impacts on disadvantaged communities. She has conducted research on a variety of topics, including the healthcare safety net, Medicaid, long-term care, access to healthcare for minority populations, diversity in medical education, and the healthcare workforce.

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Lower Ed: Credentials and Inequality
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.  She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy.