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Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

Consequences of Place-Based Affirmative Action: Willingness-to-Pay for Public Exam Schools
Rene Crespin, Michigan State University

Rene Crespin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. His research focuses on examining levers that lessen or exacerbate inequality, specifically in terms of schools, housing, and neighborhoods. Among his ongoing projects, he studies the economic and social impacts of education and immigration policies.

Dr. Crespin will be joining us for a week through the Institute for Research on Poverty Visiting Scholar Program.

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

The New Economic Frontiers of Health and Socio-Economic Disparities
Conference is joint with the Department of Economics

Speakers include:

“The Missing Link(s): Women and Intergenerational Mobility”
Lukas Althoff, Stanford University

“Interest Groups, Ideology and Indirect Lobbying: The Rise of Private Health Insurance in the United States”
Marcela Alsan, Harvard University

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

Unconditional Cash and Family Investments in Young Children: Evidence from a Monthly Cash Transfer Starting at Birth to U.S. Families with Low Income
Lisa A. Gennetian, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

How does unconditional income for families in poverty affect parental investments for their young children? Mothers in four U.S. metropolitan areas were randomized to receive a monthly unconditional cash transfer of either $333/month (high) or $20/month (low) for the first several years after child birth. During the first three years, high-cash gift households spent more money on child-specific goods and more time on child-specific early learning activities than the low-cash gift group.

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

Poverty Alleviation and Economic Justice: Leveraging Insights from Community-Engaged Research
Heather Bullock, UC Santa Cruz

Community-engaged research is a powerful strategy for gaining a deeper understanding of lived experiences of poverty and economic hardship, assessing services and programs, and informing systemic change (Bertram & Bullock, 2023). Focusing on the Center for Economic Justice and Action’s (CEJA) research collaborations with nonprofit organizations, this presentation illuminates the transformative potential of community-engaged research to advance anti-poverty initiatives.

Event 273 SS&H

Does Old Age Social Security Help Children? The Impact of Social Security on Child Well-Being
Lucie Schmidt, Smith College

Abstract: Though Social Security is typically considered a program to support retirees, nearly one in ten children live in a home with Social Security income. Children are substantially more likely to live with an older adult than they were two decades ago, and are twice as likely to report Social Security income in their household than traditional cash welfare. We use the sharp increase in eligibility for Social Security benefits at age 62 to investigate the role played by the Social Security program in childhood economic outcomes among children who live with older adults.

Event Andrews Conference Room 2203 SS&H

The Reign of Racialized Residential Sorting: Gentrification and Residential Mobility in the 21st Century
Jackelyn Hwang, Stanford University

Jackelyn Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and the Urban Studies Program. Jackelyn’s main research interests are in the fields of urban sociology, race and ethnicity, immigration, and inequality. In particular, her research examines the relationship between how neighborhoods change and the persistence of neighborhood inequality by race and class in US cities.

Event Andrews Conference Room 2203 SS&H

Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life
Asad L. Asad, Stanford University

Some eleven million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States, carving out lives amid a growing web of surveillance that threatens their and their families’ societal presence. Engage and Evade examines how undocumented immigrants navigate complex dynamics of surveillance and punishment, providing an extraordinary portrait of fear and hope on the margins.

Event 1113 SS&H Economics Blue Room

Black Lives Matter and the Shifting Geography of Implicit Racial Bias
Jacob Faber, NYU

Jacob William Faber is an Associate Professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and holds a joint appointment in NYU’s Sociology Department. His research and teaching focuses on spatial inequality. He leverages observational and experimental methods to study the mechanisms responsible for sorting individuals across space and how the distribution of people by race and class interacts with political, social, and ecological systems to create and sustain economic disparities.

Event Andrews Conference Room 2203 SS&H

The Long-Term Effects of Income for At-Risk Infants: Evidence from Supplemental Security Income
Amelia (Molly) Hawkins, Brandeis University

This paper examines whether a generous cash intervention early in life can “undo” some of the long-term disadvantage associated with poor health at birth. We use new linkages between several large-scale administrative datasets to examine the short-, medium-, and long-term effects of providing low-income families with low birthweight infants support through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. This program uses a birthweight cutoff at 1200 grams to determine eligibility.

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Understanding Families’ Experiences of Poverty: Results of a Qualitative Study Exploring the Perspectives of Children and their Parents
Rashmita Mistry, Professor of Education, UCLA

Childhood poverty in the United States remains a persistent and pervasive concern. Considerable research evi­dence links childhood experiences of poverty to harmful effects on developmental outcomes. Yet, less is known about how those experiencing poverty perceive, interpret, and understand their economic circumstances. To address this gap, this qualitative study sought to understand family members’ perspectives of their economic circumstances.

Event Jacob Hibel Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center1280 Santa Anita Ct., Ste 120, Woodland

Whole Child Equity Summit
Yolo County Office of Education

Creating oppotunities for children, youth and families to learn and thrive. Free Admission- Space is Limited.

CPIR Director Jacob Hibel will be presenting!

Event UC Irvine

All-UC Demography Conference

UCI’s Center for Population, Inequality and Policy will invite submissions to present at the inaugural All-UC Demography Conference. This meeting will highlight current demographic research happening within the UC system and provide a venue for making connections across UC campuses, with a keynote talk by Ron Lee, Distinguished Professor and founding director of UC Berkeley Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging. 

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

An Assessment of Rapidly Evolving Migration Dynamics in Costa Rica
Abigail Weitzman, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Weitzman is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and a research affiliate of the Population Research Center and the Long Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. She received her PhD in Sociology from New York University in 2015, before completing a 2-year postdoctoral felllowship at the University of Michigan. Prior to completing her PhD she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Belize and worked as an intern at the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Event 2203 SS&H, Andrews Conference Room

Promoting health equity for Latina/o families using SDOH interventions: A mixed-methods analysis using data from the Mitigating Toxic Stress Study
Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, University of Chicago

Social determinants of health (SDOH) interventions within clinical and community settings have been proposed as one promising strategy to address socioeconomic hardships faced by families in poverty, including Latina/os. Dr Martinez-Cardoso will share the result of a mixed-methods study that was used to examine the effects of Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone (DULCE), a pediatric SDOH intervention, on outcomes among US-born and immigrant Latina/o families.

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

The COVID Pandemic and Changing Inequalities in Infant Health
Florencia Torche, Stanford University

Florencia Torche is Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Her research and writing focus on social inequality and social mobility, educational disparities, and marriage and family dynamics. Her recent scholarship has extensively studied the influence of early-life exposures and circumstances –starting before birth– on individual health, development, and wellbeing using natural experiments and causal inference approaches.

Event Marianne P. Bitler The Stanford Gallery at the California Railroad Museum | 111 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Global Goals Local Leaders Forum: Overcoming Poverty
Hosted by the United Nations Association - Sacramento

Event hosted by the United Nations Association, Sacramento Chapter. CPIR Executive Committee Member Marianne Bitler is participating.

The United Nations Association, Sacramento Chapter, is proud to present the first of our “Global Goals Local Leaders” forums. Each event will be dedicated to celebrating the Sustainable Development Goals — and exploring how local leaders are making these goals a reality in our own community.

This month, the inaugural forum will focus on Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty.

Event Marianne Page Register for Zoom Information

Cantadora Wine & UC-Davis CPIR present a virtual Wine Masterclass

Do you want to know the oldest wine still in production today?
Do you want to know what wines were in King Tut’s tomb?
Would you like to know if you pair wine with the meat or the sauce?
Tune in for the Wine Master Class with Napa Valley winemaker Kira Ballotta and learn about her newest wine project, Cantadora.

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

The Place-based Turn in Federal Policy: Implications for Urban Poverty & Inequality
Laura Tach, Cornell University

Laura Tach’s research and teaching interests focus on poverty and social policy.  In her research she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to study how social policies can alleviate poverty among disadvantaged families and communities.

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

On Fires, Floods, and Federalism: Adapting Welfare Programs for the Climate Crisis
Andrew Hammond, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

 Professor Hammond will present his paper entitled, On Fires, Floods, and Federalism: Adapting Welfare Programs for the Climate Crisis. Professor Hammond’s research contextualizes the climate crisis in our scholarly understanding of the American welfare state. Professor Hammond will explain how, amid the recent spate of fires and floods, federal law has fared. His work attends to the role of Congress, weakened as it is by increased polarization and diminished capacity, and how the resulting delays and distortions in emergency relief have hampered the government response.

Event Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Chancellor’s Colloquium With Sister Simone

A religious leader, author and social activist, Campbell devoted her career to using tax law to benefit the underserved. “It’s about caring for those who are most often left out,” she said. “From a young age, I just had this idea that you had to act. You had to step in and fix things.”

Shortly after graduating from the School of Law, she founded the Oakland Community Law Center, which provided legal services on a sliding-fee scale.

Event 2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room

Suffering, the Safety Net & Disparities during COVID-19
Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University

IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is an economist who studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her work traces the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program, school finance reform, and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes.

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

Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success
Ran Abramitzky, Stanford University

The facts, not the fiction, of America’s immigration experience

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.


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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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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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.

Event Web Conference- Registration Details Below

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.